VIDEO: Firefighters tackle blaze in Sunderland city centre

Smoke can be seen pouring out of a shop in Sunderland city centre as firefighters tackle a blaze.

Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, 7:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 23rd January 2019, 7:33 pm
Fire in Blandford Street. Picture by Sian Potter

Emergency services have been called to reports of a fire in Blandford Street, in Sunderland.

Onlookers have said three fire engines are currently at the scene as fire crews tackle the blaze at one of the premises.

Fire in Blandford Street. Picture by Sian Potter

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Sian Potter said: "Smoke is pouring out of the front and the back of the building.

"It's started to come through the roof tiles as well.

"Blandford street is glowing orange from it and there’s thick black smoke pouring out.

"I can hear the fire banging from here it’s actually quite shocking to see."

Picture by Sian Potter

A spokesman for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue said: "Five fire appliance and one Ariel Ladder Platform are dealing with a building on fire in the city centre of Sunderland.

"Please avoid the area and keep windows closed until the fire has been extinguished."