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Fatal house fire in Middlesbrough

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 in Newcastle city centre

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.

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Large fire in Stanley, County Durham

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 service warnings ahead of strikes

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 showed how quickly a kitchen fire can spread Credit: ITV

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.

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Appeal for information after barn fire

The burnt out barn at Bedale Credit: North Yorkshire Police

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.

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