Carlton Village house fire leaves two dead
Two people have died in a house fire on Teesside, fire crews have confirmed.
The blaze in Thorpe Road, Carlton Village, near Stockton, broke out just after 05:00 BST, Cleveland Fire Brigade said.
A spokeswoman said five fire engines were called to the scene. The victims' next of kin are being contacted.
She said it took almost four hours to put out the blaze. The fire brigade and police are investigating the cause of the fire.
The spokesman added: "Five appliances attended which were from Stockton, Thornaby and Middlesbrough Stations.
"Crews left the scene at approximately 08:45 BST.
"There will now be a joint investigation between the fire brigade and police."
Joan Richardson, who lives near the property, said the community would pull together.
She said: "Everybody is quite shocked. You don't expect this in a small rural village. It is a very friendly village, everybody speaks to everybody, it is a good community.
"Everybody will pull together whatever the circumstances."