Tyne & Wear

Residents flee Wallsend tyre yard blaze

Scene of Wallsend fire
Image caption The fire damaged a number of vehicles on site

Homes were evacuated after a blaze at a North Tyneside tyre yard risked igniting gas cylinders.

About 100 people took refuge at a nearby pub after the incident at Metro Tyres in Wallsend at about 01.30 GMT.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said the evacuations were a precaution as several gas cylinders were on site.

No-one was reported injured, but the fire damaged an adjoining NHS building. Neither properties were occupied at the time, a spokesman said.

The blaze resulted in road closures and the cancellation of some Metro services.

Residents have now been allowed home.

An investigation into how the fire started is under way.

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