Pictures show devastation following blaze at Sunderland Dixy Chicken shop

More than 20 firefighters were called to a blaze at a Sunderland chicken shop in the early hours of Thursday.

Thursday, 21st March 2019, 12:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st March 2019, 12:08 pm

The fire ripped Dixy Chicken, in the city’s Holmeside, in the early hours and an investigation has now been launched. Group manager Richard Rackaby, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, praised his crew for their work in bringing the flames under control. Here we take a closer look at the damage caused to the premises.

Around 24 firefighters were called to the incident.
Emergency services were called at 2.42am.
Holmeside was closed in both directions while crews tackled the blaze.

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Residents were urged to avoid the area while the firefighters brought the blaze under control.
A firefighter surveys the damage.
The incidents was the second shop fire in Sunderland city centre this year.
The devastation caused has been referred to as a "burnout".
An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.
Crews tackled the blaze for almost three hours.