New house hit by blaze

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PLUMES of smoke could be seen across the sky after a house undergoing construction caught fire.

The incident at Eden Court, on land once home to Horden Big Club, is being treated as suspicious, with an investigation due to get under way by police and fire service today.

Two crews of firefighters from Peterlee, alerted by more than a dozen calls, were on their way to the blaze just before 6pm yesterday when they called for help from colleagues in Seaham because they could see the smoke billowing from the scene.

Six officers wearing breathing apparatus were sent in to fight the fire on both floors of the almost complete semi-detached house, with the adjoining house affected by smoke.