Two chip shops are hit by fires

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Owners of two borough fish and chip shops have been left counting the cost after separate fires broke out at their premises.

The Seashells Fish & Chip shop in Front Street, Monkseaton, was full of customers and staff when a small fire broke out, believed to be in the extraction unit, on Good Friday.

Two fire crews from Tynemouth and Wallsend fire stations arrived just after 3pm to deal with the flames.

Around 30 bystanders watched on as white smoke was seen billowing across the road.

No one was injured during the incident.

Fire crews were able to get the fire under control and extinguish it, but the front of the building was severely damaged by smoke.

Elsewhere, a fire broke out at the Shire Chippy, in Shiremoor, on April 2.

Flames were spotted inside the property but severe damage was caused to the shop before it was extinguished.

Firefighters were called to the shop, at Park House in Lesbury Avenue, just after 11.30am.

Two crews from Tynemouth and one from Wallsend fire stations were quickly on scene.

The blaze had started in the shop, which was severely damaged by fire and smoke and the upstairs flat was also moderately damaged.

The two properties next door also suffered moderate smoke damage, the fire service said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but is not thought to be suspicious.

It is unclear how long either shop will be closed.