Underground fire sparks alert

Sunderland Cemetery, Ryhope Road, Grangetown. Image: Google Maps
Sunderland Cemetery, Ryhope Road, Grangetown. Image: Google Maps
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Firefighters were called to tackle an underground blaze.

It happened at around 7pm yesterday near to Sunderland Cemetery, in Ryhope Road, Grangetown.

A crew from Sunderland Central were called to deal with a deep-seated burn that was 20 metres long and 3 metres deep.

Firefighters said it was an old compost heap that had built up over time and somehow caught fire.