Man escapes kitchen fire

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A MAN had to be given oxygen after a house fire in South Hetton.

Firefighters from Peterlee and Wheatley Hill were called to the terraced house in Phelp Street, shortly after 8.30pm last night.

They discovered the man had been alerted by smoke alarms and managed to escape after putting out the fire, which started in the kitchen.

He was given first aid at the scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.