Stanley Elite Buildings fire: Community spirit praised

Elite Buildings fire in Stanley Smoke from the blaze could be seen for several miles

Related Stories

Senior officers have praised the "community spirit" of a County Durham town after a fire destroyed an Edwardian building.

About 30 firefighters tackled the blaze at Wong's Chop Suey House in the Elite Buildings, Stanley, on Monday.

People gave food and drink to the emergency services while about 10 buildings were evacuated.

Durham Police's Chief Constable Mike Barton, said he "really appreciated" the support over the last few days.

No-one was hurt in the incident.

Part of the the 100-year-old building is now being demolished.

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg said: "This is a great example of how people in our communities can work together in difficult situations.

"The incident was handled well by all agencies involved and I would especially like to say a big thank you to those who donated food and drink to all of the emergency services who were on duty on Monday in Stanley."

A spokesman for Durham County Council said the demolition was "ongoing" and is expected to take until the end of the week.

St Joseph's Primary School, which had to be evacuated, remains closed until further notice.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Tyne & Wear

Weather

Newcastle upon Tyne

16 °C 10 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    LATEST UPDATES
     
  2.  
    Going greener 09:09:

    Eight major renewable electricity projects are being given a share of £12m by the government.

    Thanet Offshore Wind Farm

    The coal-fired power station at the former Alcan site at Lynemouth, Northumberland is to be converted to a biomass plant and Middlesbrough is to have a dedicated biomass heat and power plant.

     
  3.  
    News on the hour 08:57:

    The top headlines at 09:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: The Government is giving contracts for eight major renewable energy schemes, including one in Northumberland
    • BBC Tees: The number of people needing hospital treatment for injuries caused by acts of violence has fallen to its lowest level for more than a decade
     
  4.  
    TV ad ban fails 08:49: Northern Echo Newspaper

    A bid to ban a north-east TV advertisement linking alcohol with an increased risk of developing cancer has failed.

     
  5.  
    Man charged with arson 08:33:

    A 44-year-old man has been charged with arson after a house fire in Redcar.

    The house was "well alight" when firefighters arrived, Cleveland Police said.

     
  6.  
    Bright and sunny 08:22: Keeley Donovan BBC Look North weather presenter

    It should brighten up as the day goes on with some sunshine developing.

    Weather map

    There may be the odd sharp shower in the afternoon. Find out more online.

     
  7.  
    Slow traffic 08:13:

    There is slow traffic on the A167(M) Central Motorway southbound in Newcastle at A186 Pilgrim Street roundabout.

     
  8.  
    08:00:

    We'll be bringing you today's news, sport, travel and weather updates for north-east England.

     

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.