Building left ‘unstable’ after Dean Road fire which destroyed shop

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed that the shop on Dean Road which caught on fire on Saturday, December 28 is ‘unstable’ as investigations are ongoing.

Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 11:29 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 3:30 pm
Firefighters tackle a fire at shop premises, Dean Road, South Shields.

On Thursday, January 2, officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) revisted the scene of the South Shields fire that broke out on Dean Road at the end of December.

Officers were unable to enter the building and have confirmed that the fire has left the property ‘unstable’ and that investigations are ongoing as to the cause of the fire.

At 10am a fire broke out in a shop on Dean Road, later identified as Techniserve, which sells computer equipment, CCTV systems and security cameras.

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Flats above the store were evacuated after the fire broke out and no casualties were reported.

Flats above the store were evacuated after the fire broke out and no casualties were reported.

However, the shop was completely destroyed by the fire and TWFRS has said that the upstairs flats have also been severely damaged.

The blaze required 30 firefighters and six fire engines to tackle the blaze, including an aerial ladder platform so they could attack the fire from above.

A 300ft cordon was put in place on Dean Road and was closed between John Clay Street and Milton Street, while emergency services dealt with the fire.

The road was closed for several hours as fire crews were on scene from 10.03am to 6.05pm.

The road was closed for several hours as fire crews were on scene from 10.03am to 6.05pm.

Witnesses reported seeing a plume of smoke up to 80ft high which loomed over the the area, while others reported being able to see it from the sea front.