Firefighters tackle rubbish blaze in Sunderland back street

Firecrews have tackled burning rubbish in Sunderland this evening.

Monday, 20th May 2019, 8:53 pm
Fire crews arrive at the scene

A pile of mattresses and furniture which had been left in a back street off Roker Baths Road in Roker were ablaze.

A witness said: "You could see the plume of smoke for several miles - I saw it from the aquatic centre.

Fire crews arrive at the scene

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"There are two fire engines and the police are there as well.

"It is a load of mattresses and furniture that had been left there in the last couple of hours."

Crew manager Steve Howe, from Marley Park fire station, said: "We got the call at 19.50 and we were there for about 20 minutes.

"Someone had put a load of old furniture out in the back lane.

Furniture and mattresses are on fire

"Fortunately it had not spread and we were able to keep it contained to the back lane."