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More than 40 firefighters are tackling a major blaze at a scrapyard on Tyneside. A number of explosions were reported coming from the facility in Albion Row, in the Byker area of Newcastle. Surrounding buildings were evacuated after the fire was reported at lunchtime, Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade said. Smoke from the blaze could be seen across the city and as far away as Hartlepool, about 30 miles away.