Firefighters have been sent out overnight to tackle a blaze at the Peacocks store in Sunderland City Centre. Smoke was seen coming out of the roof tiles and eyewitness statements say that the fire may have been started from the rear of the building. Greggs, Fona Pizza, and The Salvation Army were also on site […]

Partners responding to the fire at the abandoned Alex Smiles waste site in Deptford say they are satisfied that the blaze is now out. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Sunderland City Council, the Environment Agency and Public Health England have been tackling the incident since it broke out on Monday 14 May. When […]

Plumes of smoke were visible across the Sunderland skyline – and as far as Teesside and North Tyneside – last night after a big fire in the Deptford area of the city.  The fire is believed to have started around 6pm at the former Smiles Scrap Yard and Recycling Centre on Deptford Terrace on the […]

RNLI community safety experts and north east firefighters will work together to deliver a community responder training scheme to help prevent people drowning around rivers and waterways across the region. The scheme is dedicated to the memory of Ross Irwin, a 22-year-old who accidentally drowned in the River Wear on his way home from a […]

FIREFIGHTERS’ lives – and those of people they’re trying to save – are being put at risk by Government cuts to the regional fire service, a union leader has warned. Russ King, Secretary of the Tyne and Wear Fire Brigades Union (FBU), said: “These cuts make a firefighter’s job a lot more dangerous, and put […]

Northumbria Police has condemned the behaviour of a group of youths responsible for attacking police and fire fighters with fireworks on Bonfire Night. On Sunday night a group of 15 to 20 year olds deliberately targeted police officers and fire fighters as they carried out joint patrols in the Southwick are of Sunderland. Fireworks were […]

Sunderland’s Empire cinema will reopen tomorrow (Friday 15th September) after a fire on Wednesday night saw the building evacuated.  Hundreds inside the 12-screen cinema complex in Sunniside were evacuated after the buildings fire alarm sounded and a tannoy announcement asked people to leave. The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service confirmed they had at least two crews at […]



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