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Firefighters tackle Gateshead riverside blaze

  • 3-4-2011

_51518960_tynebridgetower.jpgMore than 40 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a derelict building on the banks of the River Tyne in Gateshead.

The 13-storey Tyne Bridge Tower is close to the Sage music complex and the medieval St Mary's Church.

Tyne and Wear Fire and rescue Service said the fire broke out in a lift shaft between the sixth and seventh floors.

There have been reported injuries. A spokesman for the fire and rescue service said eight appliances were currently at the scene.

The building, which is in a conservation area, was used by the Inland Revenue until June 2005 and has been standing empty since then.

Plans were recently approved to demolish the building and for the site to become a key part of the regeneration of Gateshead's central west area.

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