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Stay safe during firefighters' strike

Smoke alarms should be regularly tested. Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

Wearside firefighters hurt after ceiling collapsed during blaze at children's home

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.


Man charged following Darlington fire

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.

A woman was seriously injured in the blaze. Credit: ITV News


Redcar fire: court appearance

House fire in Charlotte Street, Redcar. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after house fire

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.

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