18 firefighters tackle blaze at South Shields building

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Four fire crews were called to tackle a blaze involving a large amount of paper at a South Shields building.

Eighteen firefighters from South Shields, Marley Park and Wallsend, received reports of a fire at a disused building on Hill Street in South Shields today.

Crews arrived on scene at 9.24am to find a large amount of paper on fire in the sub-basement of the three-storey attached building. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service believe the room where the fire originated from was a former document store filled with a large number of paper which subsequently caught fire.

A Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “The fire was located in the sub-basement of the building formerly used as a document store, where a large quantity of papers had caught fire.”

Eight fire fighters wore breathing apparatus and used two hose reels, one positive pressure ventilator and four thermal image cameras to put out the fire.

The building was 100% damaged by fire and 100% smoke damaged.

No one was injured.