LIVE updates as three crews called to large fire at allotments in Southwick

Firefighters are at the scene of an allotment fire in Sunderland, as families living nearby are urged to keep their doors and windows shut.

Friday, 7th August 2020, 12:47 pm

Crews from Sunderland Central and Marley Park stations were called at around 12.05pm to reports of a blaze at an allotment site, at Southwick Road and Keir Hardie Way in the city. We’ll be bringing live updates and reaction fro the scene, as the incident continues. Scroll down and refresh for the latest.

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Crews at the scene of the fire.

Fire crews called to fight allotment blaze in Sunderland as smoke seen for miles

Last updated: Friday, 07 August, 2020, 15:15

  • Fire crews called to blaze at allotments in Sunderland
  • Mixed rubbish in allotment site catches fire, with smoke seen for miles
  • Families living nearby urged to shut doors and windows

12.30pm: Fire service warning over allotment blaze

12.35pm: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service give report on blaze

A spokeswoman for TWFRS confirmed that it was first called to the scene of the fire - near Southwick Road and Keir Hardie Way - at around 12.05pm on Friday, August 7.

Three crews - from Sunderland Central and Marley Park - are currently in attendance, with the blaze expected to last for some time.

The incident is believed to be happening on some grass land at the allotments. The spokeswoman said that there is believed to a pigeon cree at the allotment site.

She added: “We would advise local residents to keep their windows and doors closed.”

12.40pm: The scene of the fire - the smoke can be seen for miles

12.50pm: Firefighters hard at work from the scene

12.55pm: What’s happening at the scene

Two crews from Sunderland Central Fire Station, plus a third crew from Marley Park, are currently at the scene of the fire. It’s happening off Southwick Road and Keir Hardie Way.

A TWFRS spokeswoman confirmed to the Echo that the incident was at an allotment site - where it is believed there may also be a pigeon cree.

Echo reporter and photographer Ryan Smith and Stu Norton are at the scene as it happens.

1.05pm: Our reporter Ryan at the scene of the fire

1.10pm: Fourth crew called to the scene

1.20pm: ‘We can’t get in'

Our reporter Ryan has been speaking to people at the scene.

Dylan Daymond, aged 18, told the Echo that it is his uncles allotment and he helps him out.

He continued: “We’ve just heard there is a fire. Obviously we can’t get in to see what’s happened and we don’t know if much has been damaged.”

1.30pm: Smoke billows from the scene as fire crews continue their work

1.45pm: More photographs from the scene of the fire as work continues

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