Pictures show firefighters tackling a deliberate rubbish fire in Sunderland city centre

Fire crews from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service had to be called to a deliberate rubbish fire in Sunderland.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 2:00 pm

Pictures posted online by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) show firefighters from Sunderland Central tackling a deliberate fire.

White watch crews were called to a grassed area off Silksworth Row in Sunderland city centre after receiving a report of rubbish on fire.

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Fire crews were called to a grassed area off Silksworth Row in Sunderland.

Fire crews had to use a jet at a distance to extinguish the fire in order to avoid the toxic smoke that it was producing.

TWFRS have appealed on social media for anyone with information to report the fire anonymously.

"Crews used jet at a distance to extinguish the fire, avoiding the toxic smoke produced.

TWFRS say that the rubbish fire was started deliberately.

“Please help us to stop this from happening, report information 100% anonymously at http://firestoppersreport.co.uk or 0800 169 5558.”

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Firefighters had to wear breathing apparatus and extinguish the fire from a distance.