Tyne & Wear

Fire breaks out at Sunderland disused recycling plant

Fire at commercial building
Image caption The fire on Deptford Terrace started some time before 18:00 GMT

A large fire has broken out at a disused recycling plant in Sunderland creating a huge plume of smoke.

About 54 firefighters were called to Deptford Terrace shortly before 18:00 GMT to tackle the blaze.

Smoke could be seen as far as Redcar and people on social media reported seeing it in Hartlepool and Newcastle. There are no reports of casualties.

Residents have been advised to keep doors and windows closed. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Image caption The thick plume of smoke could be seen as far as Redcar, Hartlepool and Newcastle
Image copyright Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption More than 50 firefighters are tackling the blaze

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