The investigation into what sparked a huge blaze which tore through 6,000 pallets and spread to a business’s offices is set to resume today.
Around 41 fire fighters were called to Pallets and Packaging Services in Mitre Place, off Commercial Road in Tyne Dock, just after 7pm yesterday after the blaze broke out.
It left all of the pallets wrecked by the heat and smoke, with a neighbouring pre-fabricated unit made of corrugated metal, which is used as a mechanics’ workshop, storage space and offices also damaged by fire and smoke.
Ten firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire, with eight hose reels used alongside a ground monitor, three thermal imaging cameras and a positive pressure ventilation fan.
The teams also used an aerial ladder platform, an operational support unit and an incident command unit were also set up.
The incident created flames and thick smoke which could be seen from several streets away, while police set up a 200m cordon to keep people back until around 9pm, when the blaze was brought under control.
The blaze, on the Templetown industrial estate, could also be seen from across the river in North Shields.
Reports on social media suggested gas cylinders may have exploded, but these were unconfirmed.
No one was hurt and no premises had to be evacuated.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
Anyone with information can contact Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.