Grass fire wrecks land close to Sunderland's Northern Spire Bridge

This is the scene after a grass fire was sparked on the banks of the River Wear.

By Fiona Thompson
Thursday, 23 May, 2019, 21:34
The fire created a large amount of smoke.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service sent a targeted response vehicle from Sunderland Central station following reports of the blaze on land of Timber Beach Road, just a short distance away from the Northern Spire Bridge.

The crew spend a short time putting out the fire, which left a large section of ground blackened by the flames and heat.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service dealt with the incident after it was alerted to the fire.

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The call out came just after 8pm.

This photo shows the aftermath of the blaze.