Thursday, May 19, 2011

Huge Blaze Engulfs Newcastle Scrapyard, authorities labelling the inferno a "major incident" - 19th May 2011

A huge fire has engulfed a scrapyard in Newcastle, prompting police to warn nearby residents to close doors and windows.

Thick black smoke has been billowing from the site of the blaze in the Byker area of the city.

Eight fire engines have been sent to the scene, as authorities labelled the inferno a "critical incident".

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: "Local businesses and residents are being advised to stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed as a precaution because of the thick smoke."

Leighton Street and Byker Bank between Northumberland Terrace and Ouseburn Road, east of the city centre, are currently closed.