Newcastle Fire, 19 May 2011

So, as I mentioned earlier, I went out at lunchtime to find out what was burning. As soon as I got to the end of Mosley Street, it was obvious that this wasn’t going to be a small fire, so I headed for the Tyne Bridge to see if I could work out where it was. And from there, I could see a lot of thick, dark smoke. The kind of thing that suggests that something quite nasty is burning. There was a light wind, but the smoke was rising well up into the sky rather than blowing across to the city.

It looked like the fire was somewhere in the vicinity of City Road, so I headed that way, and as I went, I saw more and more smoke, and I was passed by a couple of fire appliances. Then I reached the point where the smoke was at its thickest, and saw that the fire was in a scrapyard[1]. I got some pictures of the fire and of the collection of fire appliances attending the incident, then had to go back to work.

In the gallery below you can see the pictures, plus a map[2] that shows where I went.

More stuff on the BBC News site:

Byker scrapyard fire in pictures

Newcastle scrapyard fire prompts evacuations

[1] Note: according to reports on the TV tonight, it’s more of a recycling base, and is full of old cars, fridges, and who knows what else that’s full of who knows what. Earlier reports mentioned oxygen and propane cylinders and 2000 litres of fuel oil. Just what you want to have burning…
[2] Interactive version at Gmap Pedometer – you can see the site of the fire there