Firefighters cordon off Sunderland veterinary surgery due to 'dangerous condition' of roof in high winds

Firefighters cordoned off a Wearside veterinary surgery after concerns about its roof during windy weather.

Tuesday, 7th January 2020, 10:38 pm
An area around the King's Road Veterinary Surgery was cordoned off by firefighters following concerns about its roof in high winds. Image copyright Google Maps.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service was called to King’s Road in Southwick this evening, Tuesday, January 7, after fears were raised about the King’s Road Veterinary Surgery.

A crew from Marley Park Community Fire Station ensured the cordon was in place for a safe distance around the building to keep people back from the business base, until building control officers from Sunderland City Council could attend to assess the situation.

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The service added advice for people to take care during the windy conditions following the call out, which came at 6.32pm.

A post on the surgery’s Facebook page following on from the alert said: “Unfortunately the high winds tonight have damaged the extension that is getting built at the side of our existing premises.

“The roads around the practice have been cordoned off by the fire brigade, as debris has been falling from the building and it is unsafe.

“Luckily nobody has been hurt.

“We have to wait for the winds to die down for the extent of the damage to be assessed.

“At the moment, it looks like we will be unable to access the building from the front but will be able to enter from the back lane.

“As you can imagine, tomorrow is likely to be chaotic at the practice so please bear with us! If you have a non-urgent appointment, it might be worth postponing it so you don't have a lengthy wait if the disruption causes delays in consulting times.

“We will keep you posted on developments.”