The chief fire officer has praised crews called out to the fire at a former care home where a man died this morning.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue attended the scene and brought a number of residents to safety. One man was found unconscious inside and pronounced dead a short time later.
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Chris Lowther, the chief fire officer for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, took to twitter to praise the efforts of his fire fighters in their handling of the operation.
He said: "Firefighters did everything they could to try and save the lives of all those involved.
"I commend their bravery, professionalism, and sheer effort. My thoughts are with the man who died."