Family and their dog rescued from burning home

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A woman, two children, and a dog were rescued from their burning home last night.

Firefighters were called to Nelson Close in Horden at about 11pm after a fire started in the kitchen.

RESCUE DRAMA: The fire-damaged house in Nelson Close, Horden.

RESCUE DRAMA: The fire-damaged house in Nelson Close, Horden.

The woman was advised by the 999 call taker to move to a room away from the fire to await rescue.

Firefighters from Peterlee and Wheatley Hill put out the fire.

The occupants were rescued from a front bedroom by ladder.

They were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, but are not thought to be seriously injured.

The kitchen of the semi-detached house was severely damaged, and the rest of the house was smoke-logged.