Investigators are trying to find what caused a fire in which a man died early this morning at his home in County Durham.
Forty fire fighters battled with the blaze at Eaglescliffe. Flats had to be evacuated as flames spread towards people's homes.
A recycling plant on Teesside continues to burn this evening with smoke causing concerns for local residents.
Rescue services are staging a three day exercise at their headquarters in Sunderland.
They have simulated a major disaster to test their response, as Derek Proud reports.
You can watch his full report below.
Tyne & Wear Fire Service have been taking part in a major exercise involving crews from all around the UK.
Firefighters were set scenarios including a train bridge collapsing, a retail park set on fire and a major flood.
The owners of a furniture shop in Stockton that was destroyed by fire and is now being demolished, say they will re-build to store. Isaac Godwin and his son Michael have run Godwin's on Stockton's Norton Road since 1972.
The three story building was devastated by the fire which broke out on Tuesday night. The father and son say after the site is demolished, they will re-build the shop and continue the business. They are also reassuring customers that any orders which were placed will be honoured.
A furniture shop which has traded on Teesside for 40 years must now be pulled down after it was destroyed by fire last night.
Godwins in Stockton town centre caught fire at teatime yesterday.
It took over 40 firefighters six hours to tackle the blaze.
The decision to demolish the historic shop has lead to fears from nearby traders that their businesses could suffer while the demolition is carried out, because it means a main route in the town must remain closed.
Watch the full report from our correspondent Rachel Bullock below.
Norton Road remains closed following a fire at Godwins Furniture Store in Norton, Stockton-on-Tees.
The road between Bone Street and Hume Street will remain closed whilst the building is made safe.
A furniture store which has been trading on Teesside for thirty years will have to be pulled down after it was destroyed by fire last night.
The blaze took hold at Godwins on Stockton High Street.
A structural engineer has found that the property must now be demolished in case it collapses.
Watch the lunchtime report from Rachel Bullock below.
A fire that took place at a house in Northumberland is no longer being treated by police as suspicious.
The fire, that broke out at a house on Portia Street in Ashington in the early hours of yesterday morning, was initially thought to have been caused by an arson attack.
Police now believe that the cause of the fire was accidental and are no longer investigating the incident.
Two people, who were rescued from the house and taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, have since been released.
Fire services at the scene of a blaze in Stockton say that the fire is now under control and that the smoke is reducing.
Officers attending the fire at Godwins Furniture on Norton Road in Stockton remain at the scene.
Fire Officers are telling residents in the Victoria estate of Stockton, and at the bottom end of Norton Road near to Godwins Furniture, that they are within a 200 metre zone that is being advised to stay indoors and close windows and doors.
Police and Fire officers are currently at the scene of a large blaze at Godwins Furniture Store on Norton Road in Stockton.
The fire is causing a great deal of smoke in the local area and officers are asking people in living nearby to keep their windows closed.
Those living in the surrounding houses have been asked by police to stay indoors.
Drivers are being asked to avoid the area if possible.
It is not thought that anyone is inside the building.