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Fire at historic Tyne timber structure treated as arson

Arsonists torched a historic landmark and badly damaged what was thought to be Europe’s largest timber structure, police have said. An investigation has been launched into the fire at Dunston Staiths, in Gateshead – a grade II listed structure which opened 1893 so Durham coal could be dropped into boats on the Tyne below. The alarm was raised at around 2.30am with crews from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, including the Fireboat, working through the night to bring the blaze under control.

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