Arsonists strike at derelict building in Hebburn

Fire crews attending fire at the former Hebburn shipyard offices of Hawthorn Leslie.  PICTURES BY SHIELDS GAZETTE READER SHIRLEY WINTON
Fire crews attending fire at the former Hebburn shipyard offices of Hawthorn Leslie. PICTURES BY SHIELDS GAZETTE READER SHIRLEY WINTON

ARSONISTS have struck at a derlict building in South Tyneside for the second time in a week.

Firefighters from Hebburn were called to the old Hawthorn Leslie site, in Ellison Street, Hebburn at about 9pm, yesterday.

The alarm was raised by a resident who had spotted smoke coming from the disused building.

It is the second time in less than a week firefighters have had to risk their lives tackling blazes started within the site.

Crew manager Chris Hill, said: “This fire could have been a lot worse than it was. The police have been informed.”

Hawthorn Leslie’s closed in 1982 and was later acquired by Cammell Laird and A & P group, but now lies derelict.

The yard has become a blot on the landscape, and the Victorian building has been plagued by arsonists and vandals for years.