Newcastle fire: Flames ripped through the old school site (Image: Shawn Gibbs/Chronicle Live)
Thick smoke was seen rising from the building in Station Road, Newcastle. The building used to be where Backworth Park Primary School was located before it moved. The strength of the flames and smoke resulted in nearby residents being evacuated from their homes.
Pictures showed people stood watching the flames light up the night sky.
Up to nine appliances from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene at 7.33pm.
After being called, the first crew arrived at the scene of the fire on just ten minutes.
There were no reports of any injuries.
Newcastle fire: Fire crews tackled the blaze for hours (Image: James Neasham/Chronicle Live)
It is not yet known how the blaze broke out.
Phil Clark, of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, warned the fire could still burn into the early hours of Monday morning.
He told Chronicle Live earlier: "We were called at 7.23pm to reports of a fire at the disused Backworth Park Primary School building.
"We arrived on scene at 7.33pm with the building well alight.
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