A chimney fire at a Houghton-le-Spring home has sparked a safety warning by firefighters.
Crews from Washington were called to Penshaw Lane, in Penshaw at just after 9pm, yesterday.
Debris had built up within the chimney causing a fire to start within the flue.
No one was hurt and the fire was able to be put out.
Firefighters are urging people with fires to ensure chimneys are swept out regularly.