A fire at a derelict factory justifies the need for the eyesore building to be demolished as soon as possible, it has been claimed.
The blaze erupted on Monday evening at the former Northumberland Foods site in Amble.
Inquiries are ongoing to find the cause of the incident.
The building is currently in the process of being knocked down and the town’s Mayor, Coun Ian Hinson, cannot wait to see the back of the structure.
He said: “The fire absolutely justifies the need to have it demolished and I want the site cleared as quickly as possible.
“The way it is at the moment, it is worse than uselrdd.
“It has painted a devastating picture to people who drive past it and the fact that some of it is now a burned-out wreck makes it even worse.”
The factory closed its doors in 2011 and became a haunt for crime and anti-social behaviour.
It was suggested that the demolition would start in September 2012, but it didn’t commence until last month.
The work is due to be completed by mid-April. Once clear, a new boundary fence will be constructed around the site.
Colin Harris, chairman of Amble Business Club, said: “The sooner it gets knocked down the better.”
Discussions are on going about the site’s future use.