Eye in the sky shows site of former Sunderland fire station as home builders prepare to move in

A landmark fire station which served the Sunderland community from its launch during the Second World War is no more.

By Fiona Thompson
Thursday, 20th August 2020, 7:00 am

Fulwell Fire Station opened its doors in April 1942 – with part of it obliterated by a bomb a fortnight later – and closed in October 2015 as Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service moved its crews to a new base in Marley Park.

Now the building has been razed to the ground as developers look to move in and build apartments on the land, with footage of the site captured by Davy Robson using a drone as he marked the end of an era for the city.

A still from the drone footage shot by Davy Robson, showing the site of Fulwell Fire Station now it has been cleared.

It followed on from a decision late last year from Sunderland City Council to approve plans to use the plot for homes.

Cancara Ltd, which is based in Durham, has been given permission to build 28 flats in a four-storey building, with the scheme reduced from 28 following concerns voiced by nearby residents, who said they were worried about an increase in traffic on the main road.

Parking spaces were also included in the application, which sought approval to knock down the fire station structure.

The site on Station Road in Fulwell as it looked while it was still operational.

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Fulwell former fire station demolition was carried out over a number of weeks.
A photo from the archives shows Mayor Councillor Myers Wayman opening the station on April 7, 1942. Part of it would be damaged by a high-explosion bomb which was dropped over the site a fortnight later.
An aerial photograph shared by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service as if confirmed it had sold the former Fulwell Fire Station site.