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UPDATE: Northumbria Police launch investigation into “major” Byker scrapyard fire

An investigation has been launched into the cause of a “major” fire, which tore through a former scrap yard in Byker, Newcastle on 19 May.

Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service are investigating the Albion Row site to determine the cause of the fire, which could be seen for miles around.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service area manager Alan Robson said: “This was a very intense and difficult incident and the fire developed very quickly, making it difficult to deal with and our fire fighters did extremely well to bring it under control as quickly as they did. This was a joint effort between ourselves and partner agencies and it is pleasing to note that no operational staff were injured during the incident.”

On 19 May, 72 firefighters were called to the site at lunchtime, where they worked to stop the fire travelling from a pile of cars to the site’s main building. Firefighters also found oxygen and propane cylinders on site.

The Fire and Rescue Service employed the use of a high volume pump and aerial ladder platforms, which can pump 8,000 litres of water a minute over 3km.

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