A HOAX caller took a fire crew away from their duties after reporting a false fire in the early hours of today.
Firefighters from Peterlee were called to Yoden Road in the town at 2.30am after a claim a car was ablaze.
However, it was found there was no vehicle alight when they arrived in the street, on the Eden Hill estate.
It is believed the call had been made from a telephone box.
The incident was the only one of the night, but pulled the officers away from other responsibilities for half an hour.