NEIGHBOURS escaped injury after three homes were damaged in a blaze.
Twenty-two firefighters, four pumps and an aerial ladder platform were sent to Noble Street, Hendon, after a fire broke out in a house.
Crew manager Ian Davison, of Tyne and Wear fire and rescue service, said one property had suffered significant damage and the two on either side had sustained smoke and water damage.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Mr Davison said the blaze had spread to the roof of the middle property and billowed in to the neighbouring properties, setting off the smoke alarm in the home of a young family next door.
No one was in the property where the blaze started, or in one of the neighbouring properties, at the time.
He said: “The person was out and one of the neighbours was. The young family whose smoke detector went off were waiting outside when we arrived. They had had one of our home fire safety checks and had one of our smoke detectors up, so when the smoke spread into their house the detector activated and woke them up.”