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Coal heritage goes up in flames

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One of the River Tyne's most important monuments to the coal industry has been partially destroyed in a fire.

A large section of Dunston Coal Staithes, reputedly the largest wooden structure in Europe, has collapsed into the water.

The timber pier-like structure was constructed in 1890 by the North Eastern Railway Company and was used to carry coal onto ships for transport to London and the continent.

The site around the staithes is currently being developed by designers Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway with Wimpey Homes in a high-profile housing development called Staiths South Bank.

Mr Hemingway said he was "devastated" by the fire.

View :Full Article | Source :BBC News

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