A huge early morning blaze at allotments in South Shields has killed up to 200 pigeons.
Firefighters from South Shields, Hebburn, Marley Park, Sunderland Central and Washington were called to the fire at Holder House Allotments, in Whiteleas, at 1am today.
It is not yet known how the blaze was started, but firefighters fear between 150 and 200 birds may have been killed, however, some did survive.
South Shields watch manager, Kevin Williams, said: “The fire was well-established by the time we got there. The allotment held a large pigeon cree, about 50m by 50m with a central courtyard and I’d say about 150 to 200 of the birds were killed, although that would just be a guess and some did survive.
“We don’t know how the blaze started yet and a fire investigation officer will be working to establish the cause.
“We were hampered by water supplies and the location of hydrants so it took us until about 3.30am to put the fire out.”