A MAN has been charged with arson after a blaze ripped through a terraced house.
Flames were seen shooting out of 6 South View, in Murton, late Tuesday afternoon, according to witnesses.
The otherwise quiet street was engulfed in smoke, and three fire engines and an unmarked police car raced to the scene.
Investigators from Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said they are treating it as arson.
The occupants, said to be a brother and sister in their 50s, are believed to have escaped injury.
A nearby resident, who did not want to be named, told the Echo she heard shouting at about 5.45pm.
“I stayed in the house,” she said. “Then I just heard ‘whoosh whoosh’ and looked out the window.
“There was a lot of smoke at the front of the house and flames coming out the back.
“There was one fire engine and a plain black car with blue lights flashing, then two more fire engines arrived. They were here for hours on end. At 9pm they were still out the back.”
Fire investigation manager Lee Aspery, was at the scene with his cocker spaniel Scrappy, a detection dog whose job it is to sniff out flammable liquids.
“It was quite a bad fire,” Mr Aspery said. “It’s got into the roof void and behind the plaster wall.
“They’ve had to do a lot of damage to get into this area so the fire could be put out.”
l Alan Carr, 58, of South View, has been charged with arson, recklessly endangering life and has been remanded in custody.