Devastation and destruction: Shocking pictures reveal damage from West Boldon garage blaze

Fire crews worked through the night to bring a blaze in West Boldon under control.

By Debra Fox
Monday, 06 May, 2019, 11:44
The scene of the fire in West Boldon. Pictures: Ian David Kirby, John Alderson, Rachel McDonald, Paul Taylor.

The fire started on Sunday at around 8.20pm, with dozens of officers tending to the blaze at a motor parts supplier in Newcastle Road at its peak. Work continues at the scene today. Here we take a closer look at the devastating scene of the fire and the aftermath.

Crews were called to West Boldon at around 8.20pm on Sunday. Picture: Anthony Brew.
Nine crews attended the scene at a motor parts supplier. Picture: Anthony Brew.
Police set up a cordon around the garage, Wrightway Car Parts. Picture: Billy Luther.
It is believed that the garage is used for the storage of gas cylinders. Picture: Jason Vasey.
Several explosions were heard at the scene. Picture: Jason Vasey.
Nobody is believed to have been hurt in the fire. Picture: Jason Vasey,
Staff at the nearby Blush & Blow beauty salon raised the alarm. Picture: Jason Vasey.
Inquiries into the fire are ongoing. Picture: Ian David Kirby.
Flames and smoke fly from the building. Picture: Jack Woods.
Smoke spotted from miles away. Picture: Jodie Lee Atkinson.
Staff from Blush & Blow spotted the smoke coming from the premises. Picture: John Alderson.
Fire crews remain on scene today. Picture: John Alderson.
Damage to the garage and nearby home. Picture: John Alderson.
Neighbouring properties, including three houses and the Red Lion, were evacuated. Picture: John Alderson.
Police cordoned off the main A184 through the village. Picture: John Alderson.
Work continues at the scene. Picture: John Alderson.

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Diversions remain in place for drivers today. Picture: John Alderson.
Members of the public watch the fire. Picture: Kev Wilson.
Huge flames engulf the premises. Picture: Kev Wilson.
Thick smoke and flames. Picture: Kev Wilson.
Motorists spot smoke. Picture: Rachel McDonald.
Emergency services on the scene. Picture: Rachel McDonald.
Firefighters get to work. Picture: Rachel McDonald.
A view of the blaze from further away. Picture: Rachel McDonald.
Smoke fills the sky. Picture: Rachel McDonald.
Work continues at the scene of the fire in West Boldon. Picture: Rachel McDonald.
The operation was scaled down to one pump on Monday. Picture: Paul Taylor.
Paul Taylor, who lives nearby, told the Echo: Gas cylinders exploding like sonic booms and shook our house. Picture: Paul Taylor.
Paul Taylor, who lives nearby, said: The house next door is clearly a write-off. Picture: Paul Taylor.
Police and ambulance crews also attended the scene. Picture: Paul Taylor.
A police officer stands at the cordon. Picture: Paul Taylor.
Fire at a garage in Newcastle Road, West Boldon. Picture: Paul Taylor.