Demolition of Bishop Auckland fire station complete

image captionThe training tower dominated the skyline for 55 years

The final stage of the demolition of a 55-year-old County Durham fire station has taken place.

The station at Watling Road in Bishop Auckland is being replaced by a state of the art unit housing three appliances at nearby Fylands Bridge.

County Durham Fire Service will sell the derelict site.

The last element to be demolished was the station's training tower, which has dominated the local skyline since the station opened in 1955.

Dominic Brown, assistant district manager for the fire and rescue service, said: "This marks the end of an era in Bishop Auckland with the demolition of the old fire station.

"We are committed to providing the community with the highest standards of service and the facilities on the new station demonstrate this commitment."

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