Gordon Chalk Sunderland Representative for the Fire Brigades' Union has said he is delighted by today's decision to keep three Tyne & Wear fire stations open.
Today, February 16, Tyne and Wear fire authority reversed its decision to close Wallsend, Gosforth and Sunderland - after receiving a petition signed by 30,000 people in Sunderland.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue say they will not close any fire stations.
There were plans to close Wallsend, Gosforth and Sunderland stations because of government cuts.
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.
Fire crews are to strike again next week as part of their ongoing dispute against changes to their salary and pension schemes.
The Fire Brigade Union has confirmed crews will walk out for 24 hours on Tuesday 9th December.
Tyne and Wear Fire Service are asking people to exercise caution as a 24-hour strike gets underway this morning (June 12).
It is part of an ongoing pensions row between the Fire Brigade Union and the Government. The strike is due to start at 9am.
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.
A series of money saving cuts to Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service have been given the green light. It will mean the loss of 131 front line posts, a reduction of 6 engines, the closure of 3 stations in Sunderland, Gosforth and Wallsend.
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.
An entire row of shops in County Durham will now be demolished after they were gutted by fire.
The blaze broke out at a Chinese take away on Front street in Stanley, yesterday afternoon.
As Julie Harrison reports, a neighbouring school was evacuated and people living nearby had to leave their homes.