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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Occasional rain interspersed with drier periods. Rather warm.
Some rain tonight but largely dry.
Police are concerned for the welfare of Samantha Baldwin and her children, nine-year-old Louis Madge and six-year-old Dylan Madge