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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A cooler and cloudier day on the whole, although it will remain dry in most places.
Rather cloudy with an increasing chance of rain during the day, perhaps heavy at times later across northern parts.