A large fire is ongoing near to the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.
Protestors will take to the city streets on today, February 7, to challenge the closure of Sunderland Central fire station.
Tyne and Wear is to lose a total of three fire stations, Sunderland Central, Gosforth and Wallsend - unless the fire authority reverse their decisions.
Demonstrators will march to Market Square from Sunderland Central fire station to draw attention to the fire authority's decisions.
Russ King, the FBU secretary for the Tyne and Wear brigade says the "drastic and unprecedented" proposals are a "genuine threat to public safety".
The Tyne and Wear Fire Authority did not want to comment on the rally.
Fire crews came to the rescue of Rebecca Major who jumped through a window after her boyfriend doused her in petrol, setting her on fire and trapping her in their burning flat:
Edward McArthur, 40, from Darlington has now been sentenced to 15 years and nine months in jail for the "wicked act", which was intended to disfigure his partner.
A man has died in a fire in a flat in the Hendon area of Sunderland during the night.
It happened during a national 24-hour firefighter strike, which is due to finish at 9am today.
More details to follow.
After the discovery of a body following a fire in North Tyneside police say there is no evidence to suggest the man, who was found dead in a bin store, was subject to any assault.
Police were called to Whitley Road, in Whitley Bay, following reports of a fire just before 6.20am on Friday, November 21st.
Officers attended the scene with the fire service, where the fire was extinguished and the body was recovered.
Enquiries into how the man died continue and a cordon remains in place at the scene.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101.
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.
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.
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.
Fire crews in Darlington say that response time to a house fire in Darlington was not affected by a national strike. The property, on Aldbrough Walk, was empty. The blaze broke out less than half an hour before the end of the latest strike, in a row over reforms to pay and pensions.
Fire crews say the house, on Aldbrough Walk, was very badly damaged but, thankfully, empty. Efforts were then concentrated on stopping it spreading.