Crews to carry out ‘hot strike’ following fire at soft play centre in Washington

Photo: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue

Photo: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue

The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is carrying out a community engagement initiative in Washington on Friday.

It comes after a former children’s play centre was destroyed in a blaze on Wednesday.

More than 30 firefighters were needed to tackle the flames at the former Junglerama building in Victoria Road, Concord.

Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue

Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue

To engage with the community of Washington, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is carrying out a co-ordinated ‘hot strike’ in the area, in a bid to increase fire safety awareness and tackle anti-social behaviour.

Teams will carry out targeted home safety checks and speak to businesses in the area. The service’s outreach vehicle will also be situated near the shops on Victoria Road for people to drop in for advice and information.

Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue

Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue

Assistant Chief Officer Alan Robson, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said the “fire was a large scale incident, and once again our crews did a fantastic job to bring the fire under control as quickly as possible. Thankfully, nobody was hurt during the incident.”

The work we are carrying out in Washington tomorrow highlights how the fire service can work closely with local communities to make a positive difference and hopefully prevent further incidents like this in the futureALAN ROBSON

Tyne and Wear Fire Authority Chairman, Cllr Tom Wright, said:

Our fire crews and volunteers are doing a fantastic job of engaging with the community to make them as safe as we can and also help reduce the number of anti-social behaviour incidents. This is a great opportunity to work together with local residents to make our communities safer.CLLR TOM WRIGHT