A man has died in a fire in a flat in the Hendon area of Sunderland during the night.
It happened during a national 24-hour firefighter strike, which is due to finish at 9am today.
More details to follow.
After the discovery of a body following a fire in North Tyneside police say there is no evidence to suggest the man, who was found dead in a bin store, was subject to any assault.
Police were called to Whitley Road, in Whitley Bay, following reports of a fire just before 6.20am on Friday, November 21st.
Officers attended the scene with the fire service, where the fire was extinguished and the body was recovered.
Enquiries into how the man died continue and a cordon remains in place at the scene.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101.
The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has released some safety tips ahead of the latest strike by firefighters, starting at 6pm tonight (October 31) and continuing until 6pm on Tuesday, November 4.
- Never leave cooking unattended. Extra care should always be taken whilst cooking, especially if using hot oil, including chip pans. Be careful they don’t overheat as hot oil can catch fire easily.
- Ensure the cooker is off and don’t leave anything on a hot hob.
- Do not use a chip pan – choose safer methods of cooking chips, such as a thermostat-controlled deep-fat fryer. Otherwise, go to the takeaway.
- Don’t cook after drinking alcohol.
- Have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and check they work.
- Have an escape route in place.
- Don’t try to tackle a fire yourself. Get out, stay out and call 999.
Two firefighters have been hurt after a ceiling collapsed while tackling a blaze at a children's home on Wearside late on Tuesday night, October 14.
The pair have both treated for whiplash injuries and burns at the Sunderland Royal Hospital and fire chiefs say it could have been far worse.
Police believe the fire was started deliberately and have launched an investigation.
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.