Fears for householder after blaze leaves home badly damaged

Firefighters made a search of a house after fears the owner could still be inside when a fire broke out in its hallway.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 05 November, 2018, 05:40
A fire broke out in a house in the Coach Road Estate in Usworth. Image copyright Google Maps.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service crews from Washington and Birtley were sent to the two-storey house in the Coach Road Estate in Usworth, Washington.

The fire broke out in the passageway, leaving a multi-plug, hall and stairway wrecked by the heat.

A spokesman for the service said: "Information was received stating that there may be an occupier still in the property.

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"However, following a through search, no persons were found."

Four officers wearing breathing apparatus were sent in to the house, with two hose reels used to put out the fire.

A fan was then used to clear the house of smoke.

The incident happened shortly before 1pm yesterday.