Tyne & Wear

Blaze breaks out at River Tyne's Swing Bridge

Swing Bridge in Newcastle
Image caption Two crews and a fire boat were called to the scene

A fire has broken out at the River Tyne's Swing Bridge.

It began at about 13:00 BST on a pontoon underneath the bridge. with two crews and a fire boat tackling the flames.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said wooden staves had caught fire, although the precise cause remains unknown.

The Victorian bridge, which links Newcastle and Gateshead, opened in 1876.

Image caption The Victorian swing bridge crosses the River Tyne
Image caption About 20 sq m (215 sq ft) of wooden staves caught on fire

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