A PET pooch nearly became a hot dog after becoming trapped in a house fire.
Luckily the Rottweiler was discovered cowering under a bench in the kitchen of the house in Chester-le-Street.
Fire crews from High Handenhold station were called to the terraced home in Seventh Avenue shortly before 3.30pm on Monday, after worried neighbours reported a wheelie bin on fire.
They discovered flames had spread from bin, which was in the back yard of the property, to the UPVC door and window frame of the downstairs kitchen.
Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went into the house, after people living nearby told them there was a dog inside.
Crew manager Steve Hagar, from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The dog was a large Rottweiler that was hiding under the kitchen bench. He was quite scared, but we put him on a lead and he was right as rain when he got out.”
The door was completely destroyed in the fire, which also left the kitchen damaged by heat and smoke.
Nobody was in the house at the time. Police are now investigating the cause of the fire.