Firefighters tackle blaze at former Hebburn shipyard

YARD BLAZE ... fire crews at the former Hebburn shipyard offices of Hawthorn Leslie. Photo: Gazette creader Shirley Winton.
YARD BLAZE ... fire crews at the former Hebburn shipyard offices of Hawthorn Leslie. Photo: Gazette creader Shirley Winton.

FIVE fire crews were called out today to tackle a blaze at a derelict South Tyneside shipyard site.

Firefighters from South Shields, Hebburn and Washington turned out to the old Hawthorn Leslie site, in Ellison Street, Hebburn, at about 9.45am.

An aerial ladder platform was used by the crews to extinguish the fire.

No one is believed to have been injured.

Firefighters have been called out numerous times to put out blazes started by firebugs at the disused site.

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.

Nearby residents have called for it to be flattened on safety grounds, while police and the fire service have issued warnings to yobs starting fires on the site.