HOUSEHOLDERS are being urged to take bulky waste to a skip or have it removed after a garden fire sparked fears a house was ablaze.
Firefighters from Peterlee were called to the town’s Fairbairn Road after a plume of black smoke was seen rising from the street.
When they arrived, they found someone who had just moved into a house was burning a settee, music system speakers, a chair and other goods, at 5.30pm on Wednesday.
They were then called to an allotment site in Shotton Colliery just after 7pm to deal with a similar incident.
Watch manager Peter Brown said: “It would be better off if people got their rubbish taken away by the council, which will come and remove bigger items, or take them to a skip.”
To make arrangements for waste collections call Durham County Council, tel. 527 0501.