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Huge fire in Newcastle

Chris Jackson | 13:30 UK time, Thursday, 19 May 2011

Smoke plume seen from BBC offices in Newcastle

Not often that a story breaks right on the doorstep. This lunchtime (19 May 2011) a huge pall of thick black smoke rose over Newcastle.

As reporters were despatched to the scene in Byker I grabbed a camera and started taking some footage for the Look North headlines at 13:30 BST, BBC1.

With less than an hour to go before they go on-air it's going to be a race to get it all turned round in time.

All the excitement of chasing a developing story for the nightly news is coming back to me. As you'll see from the previous post - with 25 years of doing the job, the thrill of going after a story never leaves you.

If the buzz on twitter (look for #ouseburn or #byker) and facebook is anything to go by it seems everyone is a journo at heart.

This may be a major event, or turn out to be just an unfortunate accident that's easily dealt with and no one hurt. Either way the pics certainly make it look dramatic.

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