A FAMILY had to flee their home after a fire broke out.
One male and two female occupants of a semi-detached cottage in Silksworth Lane, Sunderland, fled the property, along with two pet cats and a dog.
One crew from Sunderland Central and two crews from North Moor station were called to the cottage at 1.27pm today.
A ground floor bedroom was damaged by fire and smoke and the rest of the property was damaged by smoke.
The occupants had left the cottage before fire crews got there.
They were treated on scene by paramedics for smoke inhalation but did not require hospital treatment.