Fire crews are in attendance at a laundrette this evening (Tuesday, August 8) after reports a blaze broke out.

The fire service was called to Dean Road in the Westoe area of South Shields at 7.30pm on Tuesday to reports of a fire.

Five fire engines attended the scene along with the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) incident command unit.

The Northern Echo: Police were seen blocking off the road.Police were seen blocking off the road. (Image: NE EMERGENCY RESPONSES)

Photos from the scene show firefighters at work with police blocking off the road.

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A TWFRS spokesperson said shortly before 9.30pm: “We are still in attendance although there was a fire, and we did have five appliances and a command vehicle there. It is still ongoing.”

The Northern Echo: It is understood the fire broke out at the laundrette.It is understood the fire broke out at the laundrette. (Image: NE EMERGENCY RESPONSES)

The cause of the incident is not yet known.

The Northern Echo has contacted Northumbria Police for a comment.