John-Paul Benoist was visiting his family in Newcastle when his wife rang him to inform him of the fire.
They spent last night in an evacuation centre and have only returned to their home this afternoon.
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The new Royal Prince left hospital in a knitted shawl made by a Nottingham-based company.
A cloudy and damp start to the day, with outbreaks of rain soon becoming widespread. The rain could turn heavy at times.
Drier, brighter spells likely at first, especially in the east, before thicker cloud and more persistent rain returns.