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.
Fire crews are tackling a large fire in Stanley, County Durham, on Monday afternoon.
The blaze is believed to have begun in a take-away shop on Front Street.
Smoke could be seen for miles around.
At 1.30pm Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue crews said the building was "well alight".
At 3.30pm two roads - Church Bank and Station Road - were closed. A spokesman for Durham Police says more roads could yet be shut.
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Fire crews in the North East are warning the public to take extra care, ahead of planned strikes by union members. Members of the Fire Brigades' Union are due to walk out twice over the next week, in an ongoing dispute over changes to their pensions.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue demonstrated the damage caused by a chip pan fire and asked people to take care when cooking. Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue gave an extra warning to people planning early firework or bonfire celebrations.
Two strikes planned: Friday, 1st November, between 1830 and 2300 and Monday, 4th November, between 0600 and 0800.
Fifty firefighters are battling to control a huge fire at the Port of Tyne.
Crews were called to the container terminal in South Shields at around 3pm after reports of a fire in the Biomass shed.
Nine fire engines, two special appliances and an aerial appliance have been sent to the scene.
This is all that remains of the two barns in Bedale in North Yorkshire which burnt to the ground, killing 101 cattle. Police and fire investigators are appealing for information following the fire, which remains "unexplained".
Alternatively, anyone wishing to remain anonymous can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police and fire investigators are appealing for information following a barn fire which killed over 100 cattle at 4.20am on September 3.
The cause of the fire at a farm in Snape near Bedale, remains unexplained. Two barns were destroyed, as were 4,000 bales of straw and 1,000 tonnes of silage.
– Inspector Geoff Crocker of Bedale Police
“We must stress that the cause of the fire remains unexplained at this time. To assist the investigation, we are appealing for anyone who has any information which could help officers establish how it happened, to please get in touch.”
A 27-year-old man was taken to hospital after a fire in Newcastle.
Police and fire services were called to St George's Terrace in Jesmond, in the city at around 10.20am on Thursday, July 18.
The man was taken to hospital but has since been released.
The fire is being treated as arson and police are appealing for witnesses.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested and is helping police with their enquiries.
Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police.
Cleveland Fire Brigade says there have been 534 grass fires between April and June this year - up from 121 last year.
The brigade says arson is down, but deliberate fires such as the one below still account for 7 out of 10 of all fires in the area.
A building in Tow Law, County Durham, has been destroyed by a fire. Smoke was visible for miles when crews arrived from Crook, Consett and Durham.
The commercial building had an asbestos tiled roof which is potentially harmful and difficult to move.
The fire, which is not being treated as suspicious, happened just before 5pm on 14th June. Nobody was injured.
– Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection, Cleveland Fire Brigade
"Cleveland Fire Brigade was called at 00.45am this morning to a house fire in Dent Street Hartlepool. Two appliances from Stranton Station arrived at the scene at 00.48am followed shortly after by a further appliance from the Headland Fire Station.
"On arrival, crews were presented with a serious fire situation; one casualty was rescued but unfortunately died later in hospital.
"The house was severely damaged by fire and heavily smoke damaged.
"The cause of the fire in now under investigation and a joint investigation team has been established between Cleveland Fire Brigade and Cleveland Police."
A man has died following a house fire in Hartlepool.
Police were called at around 12.50am on Tuesday to reports of a house fire.
A 44-year-old man was taken from the house to North Tees General Hospital where he later died.
The fire is currently being treated as unexplained.
A 40-year-old woman has been arrested os suspicion of arson.
Anyone with any information should contact Cleveland Police.