Forty firefighters tackle 'large' fire at port

About 40 firefighters have been tackling a "large" fire at the Port of Tyne.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service was called to Tyne Dock, South Shields, at 14:15 BST.

The Port of Tyne confirmed the fire affected a warehouse and no injuries had been reported.

People were advised to avoid the area and residents were told to keep their doors and windows closed.

In an update on Wednesday evening, the Port of Tyne said the fire had been brought under control, although it was still ongoing.

Its operations team was supporting the fire service.

"The fire at a tenanted warehouse on site, which is on the southside of the Port of Tyne, remains ongoing but is under control," a spokesman confirmed.

The fire service said six fire engines and two aerial ladder platforms were on scene within two minutes of receiving the call.

Black smoke at the scene at the Port of Tyne
Tyne and Wear fire service said six engines are at the scene [Angie Comerford]

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