Sunderland firefighters called out to two blazes in same area

Firefighters were called out twice in little over an hour to tackle tyre fires in the same area.

Thursday, 18th July 2019, 7:10 pm

One Sunderland crew rushed to Claxheugh Rocks, on the south side of the River Wear, near Ford Estate, after black plumes of smoke could be seen rising at 6.20pm on Tuesday.

After dousing the flames and making the land safe by 7.03pm, Tyne and Fire and Rescue Service were called back out to the same area to tackle a similar blaze at 7.28pm.

This was dealt with by 7.54pm with the cause of both fires still to be confirmed.

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Smoke can be seen in the distance towards Sunderland's Claxheugh Rocks.
Firefighters are tackling a "large tyre fire" near to Claxheugh Rocks.