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.
An investigation is underway into how a fire started at a house which resulted in the death of a woman in Darlington.
A 32 year old woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a house fire in Brunton Street this morning. Neighbour Amy Lindsay describes the scene:
One person has died in a house fire in Middlesbrough this morning.
Police were called to the address in Burlam Road just after 10.20am today where they found the body of a person inside the house.
Officers do not believe that anyone else was inside the house at the time.
A joint investigation has been launched with the fire service to determine the cause of the fire.
Fire fighters are currently tackling a blaze on Melbourne Street.
It's believed the fire has been contained to one area of a building and at the moment one woman has been taken to hospital with suspected smoke inhalation.
The road is closed from Trafalgar Square to Swan House roundabout but it's expected to open in the next hour.
Police are appealing for witnesses following an arson at a house in Sunderland. Fire crews were dispatched to the property at Emma Court at around 10pm on Friday night. No one was injured. A blaze in the kitchen was discovered, though only minor damaged was caused.
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.
Watch here for updates.
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.”