Raising awareness of fire safey after devastating Whitley Bay church blaze

The fire-damaged Trinity Church in Whitley Bay. Picture by Jane Coltman
The fire-damaged Trinity Church in Whitley Bay. Picture by Jane Coltman
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Fire crews are to tackle anti-social behaviour and raise fire awareness following the devastating fire at a Whitley Bay church.

The former Trinity United Reform Church, in Esplanade, was left a shell after the fire on Saturday night.

At the height of the fire, more than 40 firefighters attended.

Crews were at the scene until 2pm on Sunday, with the fire being extinguished using five main water jets and two Aerial Ladder Platforms.

The church and the adjoining church hall were severely damaged by the fire and seven cars parked on Esplanade Place also suffered minor heat and smoke damage.

Now Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is carrying out a community engagement initiative in Whitley Bay over the coming days.

The co-ordinated ‘hot strike’ will aim to increase fire safety awareness and tackle anti-social behaviour.

Prevention and Education teams including community advocates, service volunteers and Prince’s Trust team members, together with on-duty crews and Fire Safety teams will carry out home safety checks and speak to businesses and commercial property owners in the area.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Robson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This was a large scale incident, requiring the attendance of a number of our firefighters who did a great job to ensure that no one was hurt and that the fire was brought under control.

“Engaging with local residents to make our communities safer is an extremely important part of the work we do at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

“The ‘hot strike’ that we are carrying out in Whitley Bay over the coming days highlights how the fire service can work closely with the local community to make a really positive impact and hopefully prevent incidents like this happening in the future.”