An explosion at a house in Brandon has ripped apart a family home and left one man dead and his brother badly injured in hospital.
Investigators say they now believe a leak from a small gas heater caused the blast.
The explosion destroyed both floors of the semi-detached home, along with most of the roof.
watch the full report from Gregg Easteal below.
Fire investigators say they now believe a leaking gas heater was the cause of an explosion which ripped apart a home in County Durham.
One man was killed and his brother was badly injured.
They have been named locally as Stuart and Trevor Taylor.
Gregg Easteal has been at the scene for us this morning - watch his lunchtime report below.
– Stuart Errington, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the gentleman at this tragic time.
"As a Service we aim to protect and educate the members of our communities about the dangers of fire.
"At a time like this we are reminded of the dangers of fire and urge all residents to take up our offer of free Home Fire Safety Advice and to fit smoke alarms in their properties.
"If you already have a smoke alarm, remember to test it once a week”.
An investigation is underway after a man died in a house fire in Brandon, County Durham. Fire crews received multiple calls about an explosion. Work has now started to stabilise the foundations.
A man has died in a house fire in County Durham. Fire crews received multiple calls about an explosion at a property in Moor Edge, in Brandon, last night. Another man escaped from the house.