A PILE of tyres was set on fire.
Fire crews were called out to the blaze near the Oddfellows Arms in Cox Green, on the banks of the River Wear.
Plumes of smoke from the fire could be seen from miles away.
Officers from Farringdon fire station in North Moor, Sunderland, dealt with the blaze just after 1.30pm on Thursday.
A spokesman for the station said officers managed to put out the fire a short time later, and no one was injured.