Dramatic footage shows boat ablaze as firefighters tackle towering flames in Sunderland

Footage shows the dramatic scene as flames tore through a boat on the banks of the River Wear in Sunderland.

Saturday, 15th February 2020, 3:06 pm
Updated Saturday, 15th February 2020, 3:06 pm

Onlookers have described the huge flames which have destroyed the small boat.

One man, who asked not to be named, said he watched firefighters struggle to access the boat.

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Shocking footage shows the boat ablaze in Sunderland

“I saw from the bridge and came down,” he said. “I saw the fire engines from the top.

“I don’t know what’s caused it but there’s been a few fires along the river banks recently.”

Footage shows the stream of water as firefighters battle to bring the blaze under control.

Crews were still at the scene dampening down almost an hour after the call.

Flames tore through the boat.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service confirmed three crews from Sunderland Central and Marley Park attended.

Firefighters extinguished the flames.