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At 8.30 pm news emerged of the fire which was “suspected to involve gas cylinders”. It reportedly took place between Newcastle and Middlesbrough lead to all lines being blocked.
National Rail Enquiries said: “A fire next to the railway is causing disruption between Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
“As a result, trains may be cancelled, delayed or diverted. This is expected until 22:00.”
It said the affected routes included the Grand Central service between Sunderland and London Kings Cross
The Northern service between Newcastle / Carlisle and Middlesbrough was also hit by the fire.
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