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.