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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Generally dry with sunny spells, although there is a chance of isolated afternoon showers.
Any showers will die away during the evening, leaving a dry night with some clear periods.
Scattered showers around at first this evening will soon move away, as dry and clearer conditions arrive from the northwest.