Public urged to avoid Victoria Hall and owners advised on safety of structure after 'very sad' damage in fire
Council chiefs have thanked emergency services for their swift action to save a historic building – and warned members of the public to avoid the area around the structure.
South Tyneside Council said damage to the historic building was “very sad” and the authority was keen to protect such structures.
Councillor Mark Walsh, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “It was so very sad to see the extent of the damage caused to the historic Victoria Hall, particularly the roof.
"It is such a prominent building in the skyline of South Shields town centre.
“The council’s highways team assisted at the scene by closing the side road. Our building surveyors also visited to assess the building’s structural condition and have advised the private owners on the need to make it safe.
“The council is keen to retain historical buildings where possible and continues to work with the owners on potential future uses for the site.”
He added: “Well done to the emergency services for their swift action that prevented the building from further damage. We would advise people to avoid the area at this time.”