Pigeons perish in early hours allotment blaze on Sunderland site
Pigeons were killed in a blaze which tore through up to nine plots on a Sunderland allotment site.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue was alerted to the fire at the allotments off Devon Drive and North Street in Silksworth at 2.55am today.
A crew from Farringdon Community Fire Station called for support from another team from the station, a crew from Sunderland Central and another from Washington as they battled the incident.
Three pigeon crees, which were holding an unknown number of birds, several green houses and a shed were wrecked by the fire with eight to nine plots ruined.
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Six cylinders, holding LPG butane, were cooled to prevent further damage and risk.
The crews used three jets, two hose reels, a ground monitor, a temperature scanner, while three firefighters wearing breathing apparatus fought the flames.
An officer was also in attendance.