FIREFIGHTERS were called to a house fire in Seaham.
The blaze was sparked at around 11.30pm yesterday in the kitchen of a property in Bethune Avenue, Seaham.
The occupiers were not in at the time and the alarm was raised by neighbours.
The cause of the fire is not yet known and is under investigation.
Crews from Seaham Fire Station extinguished the blaze, which left the house heavily smoke damaged.