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.
Police say that a 41 year old man has been charged with attempted murder and arson with intent to danger following a fire at a flat in Darlington. Emergency services were called to the property Geneva Road on Monday night. A 30 year old woman remains in hospital.
Fire crews in Darlington say that response time to a house fire in Darlington was not affected by a national strike. The property, on Aldbrough Walk, was empty. The blaze broke out less than half an hour before the end of the latest strike, in a row over reforms to pay and pensions.
Fire crews say the house, on Aldbrough Walk, was very badly damaged but, thankfully, empty. Efforts were then concentrated on stopping it spreading.
Fire crews say they're still investigating the cause of a large blaze in Newcastle last night. Several pigeon lofts were found alight on Skinnerburn Road, not far from The Metro Radio Arena, at just after 9 o' clock. It was put out two hours later. See footage of the blaze here:
Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service this morning put out a large blaze which, at its height, could be seen in Northumberland. They were called at just after 5am to an allotment in the west end of Newcastle. An investigation is now underway into how it started.
A 44 year old man has appeared before magistrates on Teesside today (April 23) charged with arson with intent to endanger life.
Two fire engines were called to a house fire in Redcar in Charlotte Street on Monday. No one was injured.
He is due to appear next at Teesside Crown Court on the 7th May.
Cleveland Fire Brigade says arson remains a significant drain on time and resources - and the number of incidents tends to rise in April. A campaign has been launched warning arsonists they will be caught while urging the public to help by locking away their wheelie bins.
A man's been arrested on suspicion of murder after a house fire in Gateshead.
A 53-year-old man suffered serious burns and died in hospital this morning, after the fire at a property on Redemarsh at around 6.30pm yesterday.
A 45-year-old man is being questioned by police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Staff at Harrogate’s Natwest Bank are collecting food, toiletries, clothes and money to help support people affected by the blaze. One woman explained why she wanted to help:
Lee Smith, station manager at Harrogate, describes why the blaze - at a restaurant and flats - has been so difficult to deal with: