One hundred birds have died in a blaze at a Wearside pigeon cree.
Fire crews from Sunderland and North Moor were called at 3.31am to the fire at a cree within an allotment in Hollycarrside Road, in Sunderland.
Eight fire fighters used three jets and one hose reel to extinguish the flames, but 100 pigeons perished in the blaze. The cree was also 100% destroyed.
Crews left the scene at 5.30am and say the cause of the fire is unknown but they are treating it as suspicious.