The fire in Ryton has been burning since November, firefighters believe
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Ryton underground blaze closes riverside footpath

An underground fire beneath a popular riverside footpath on Tyneside could keep burning for years, firefighters believe.

The Keelman's Way, close to Ryton Golf Club, has been closed off, after what is thought to be coal waste from an old colliery caught fire.

Council officials fear some sections of the path could collapse.

Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade believe the blaze may have started in November and could continue burning for several months or even years.

Look North's Gerry Jackson reports.

  • 04 Feb 2015
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