FIREFIGHTERS in Sunderland went on strike for a seventh time over a pensions row.
The Fire Brigades Union held strikes on Christmas Eve between 7pm and midnight in a dispute with Government
The public was reminded about fire safety in the run-up to the strikes, which started in September.
Stuart Errington, deputy chief fire officer for County Durham and Darlington, said: “Once again our resilience plans have worked well and I would like to thank people for taking extra care, especially when there are extra pressures at Christmas time.
“These risks include extra alcohol intake, more lights and candles around the home, more time spent in the kitchen cooking as well as winter weather and the possibility of poor driving conditions.” The fire service’s next strike is planned for between 6.30pm on New Year’s Eve and 12.30am on New Year’s Day.
Meanwhile, firefighters were called to a flat in Brick Garth, Easington Lane, just before 1am on Boxing Day.
Crews said the fire was caused by a chip pan. The occupant had escaped the flat.