See the moment firefighters tackled car blaze which forced road closure in South Tyneside

A car burst into flames on a busy South Tyneside road this afternoon.

As a video captured by a Gazette reader shows, the fire brigade was quickly on the scene of the incident, in Leam Lane, Jarrow.

The incident took place on Leam Lane. Image copyright Google Maps.

The incident took place on Leam Lane. Image copyright Google Maps.

The road remains closed eastbound because of the incident.

An eyewitness said: "The car was on fire and held all the traffic up.

"It's bad for traffic around that area anyway because of the ongoing works at Lindisfarne roundabout.

"I'd urge people to avoid the area."

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "At 12.55pm, police were informed a car was on fire in Leam Lane, Jarrow.

"The road is currently closed eastbound."