An investigation is under way after a fire ripped through fishing sheds and a boat yard on the banks of the Tyne.
Plumes of black smoke could be seen billowing for miles around the site after the fire broke out on Wapping Street at around 11am on Thursday.
It is understood the fire started at fishermen’s sheds and the boatyard, close to the River Tyne in South Shields.
Residents were urged to close their doors and windows while firefighters spent more than an hour tackling the huge blaze.
Pictures show the devastating extent of the damage with a number of boats believed to have been destroyed.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed an investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.
The operation has been scaled back and by 3.30pm on Thursday one crew, from South Shields, still in attendance dampening down the scene.
A Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “Only one crew from South Shields remains onsite at Wapping Street, all others have now left the scene.
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“The fire broke out at a group of fishing sheds this morning, although the cause is currently unknown.”