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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Slowly brightening up later in the day, with some warm sunny spells possible by evening.
Any mist and low cloud will clear during the morning, leaving bright or sunny spells.
Beginning grey and murky again with extensive low cloud and some patchy rain.