More than 30 firefighters have been tackling a fire at a block of flats in Gateshead.
Crews were called to Oak Square in Redheugh in the early hours of June 22.
Six adults and three children were rescued or escaped themselves. Four were taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
Eight flats have been evacuated. The fire service does not believe anyone else is trapped.
Northumbria Police are warning local residents of potential disruption to gas and electricity supplies.