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.
Fire services are currently battling with a fire at a shop on Stockton high street.
Five engines are in attendance at the Maddren Brothers building.
A family were rescued from their home after a wheelie bin fire spread to their house. The fire in Portia Street in Ashington is being treated as arson. An investigation is now underway.
Police are treating a fire in Ashington as arson. Officers believe a wheelie bin was deliberately set on fire before it spread to a house through a window. The family who were inside the house on Portia Street had to be rescued at 3am. They were taken to hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.
– Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce
"This was a distressing incident for the occupants of the house.
"Extra officers will be in the area to both reassure residents and to carry out enquiries into the fire and make sure those who are responsible are apprehended."
An investigation is now underway and police are asking anyone with information to come forward.
A family had to be rescued from their home in Ashington after a wheelie bin fire spread to their house in Northumberland.
Police believe that the fire spread through a window after a bin was set alight on Portia Street.
The family were taken to hospital in the early hours of the morning where they were treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.
Neighbouring houses were also evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Police are investigating after a fire at a garage in Wallsend. 25 homes had to be evacuated following the blaze at AJ Garage in Brentwood Grove.
A fire which killed an elderly couple in their home near Stockton-on-Tees was caused by an electrical fault, investigators have said.
William Volume, 88, and his wife Eileen, 89, died when a blaze ripped through their home in Carlton last week.
They had been married for more than 60 years and lived in the small village for over 50 of them.
Cleveland Police said the fire on Thursday was not being treated as suspicious and there will be no criminal investigation. A file has been passed to the coroner.
– Phil Lancaster, director of community protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade
"This was a tragic accident caused by an electrical fault in the property."
Cleveland Fire Brigade has launched a campaign to try and cut the number of fires started deliberately across the borough.
Arson accounts for more than 70 percent of the incidents that it attends.
The campaign was promoted at a school close to where a huge blaze was started on purpose last year.
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A house has been badly damaged after a fire on Tyneside this afternoon.
It happened on Lucy Street in Blaydon shortly after 4 o'clock, and three fire engines were sent to the property which was being renovated.
No one was injured and investigations are now underway into how the fire started.