Man flees Boldon Colliery house fire

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A MAN had to flee his home after a fire tore through his living room.

 The 56-year-old was sitting in a back room in his converted terraced cottage when smoke from the front room started to fill the house.

 He managed to get out of his Gladstone Terrace home, in Boldon Colliery, before calling the emergency services.

 Firefighters attended the scene at about 10.20pm on Friday and were able to extinguish the blaze, which left his house severely damaged by smoke.