Wingate house fire: Three escape

An adult and two children escaped when a fire broke out in the kitchen of their County Durham home.

Firefighters were called to the house in Market Crescent, Wingate, Peterlee, at about 03:15 BST.

Initial reports were that three people were trapped upstairs, but they managed to get out of the property.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said the kitchen was severely damaged by the fire, which took about two hours to put out.

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