Tyne & Wear

Man and woman in Millfield flat blaze rescue

Firefighters rescued a trapped couple through a window after fire spread through two flats in Sunderland.

Crews were called to Queensberry Street in Millfield, after the blaze broke out just before 04:00 BST.

A man and woman were trapped in a first floor flat and had to be rescued using an extension ladder, Tyne and Wear Fire Service said.

Northumbria Police and the fire service said both flats were damaged and they were probing the cause of the fire.

The occupants of the downstairs flat managed to get themselves out of the burning, two-storey building before crews arrived.

A police spokesman said: "On arrival, two flats were found to be well alight, but occupants of both properties have been accounted for and are unharmed.

"A joint investigation by Northumbria Police and the fire service is under way to establish the cause of the fire."

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