Investigations continue into huge blaze at Sunderland industrial unit

A huge blaze at a Sunderland car repair workshop is still under investigation, the fire service has confirmed.

Dozens of firefighters from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were called to A1 Recovery Accident Management, in Hepworth Road, Southwick, at 11.14 am on Tuesday.

The blaze in Sunderland. Picture: Jordon Nelson.

The blaze in Sunderland. Picture: Jordon Nelson.

Large plumes of smoke could be seen from miles away as the building was engulfed by the flames.

The fire service sent seven fire crews – with 39 firefighters and four fire service officers – from stations across the brigade area to the scene.

An Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP), command support vehicle and a support appliance were also in attendance.

Firefighters used three monitors, three hose reels and four breathing apparatus to tackle the blaze.

The cause is still under investigation. Picture: Ethan Storey.

The cause is still under investigation. Picture: Ethan Storey.

The 21m by 11m workshop was destroyed in the blaze, along with two cars and a van which were inside.

A pleasure boat, and six vans, which were in the building’s compound, were also destroyed, along with a bus and a car parked next door.

Three other cars parked nearby were moderately damaged.

Buildings to either side of the workshop were also damaged by smoke, one severely and the other moderately.

Black smoke could be seen for miles.  Picture: Rachel Gurak.

Black smoke could be seen for miles. Picture: Rachel Gurak.

A spokeswoman for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the investigation to establish the cause of the blaze is ongoing.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager Peter Iveson paid tribute to efforts of the firefighters, who tackled what had been a particularly challenging blaze due to the weather conditions.

He said: “This was a very difficult fire, and extremely challenging to contain especially under very windy conditions.

“Our firefighters, once again showed their dedication and professionalism to get the job done."