Tyne & Wear

Wallsend shop arson triggers explosion

Wallsend fire
Image caption The fire spread to a telephone pole

Arsonists are being blamed for an attack on a Tyneside furniture store which triggered an explosion.

About 20 firefighters were called to the store in High Street East, Wallsend on Thursday night.

No-one was hurt in the incident, which Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said was being treated as malicious.

A spokesman said a minor explosion resulted from the fire, which reached several old fridges in an adjacent storage area.

At one point the fire spread to a telephone pole and some neighbouring properties were evacuated for a time.

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