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:
Mobile footage courtesy of Incidents of Teesside
Nearly 30 firefighters battled on Sunday to put out a fire at Hartlepool's Snooker Centre.
Nobody has been hurt, but the insides of four businesses were destroyed.
Roads nearby have been closed, and the building may now be demolished.
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.