FIREFIGHTERS had a busy night tackling a string of blazes across Hartlepool and East Durham.
Two fire engines from Stranton Fire Brigade were called to Brigandine Close, in Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, to reports of a house fire.
A dishwasher had set alight in the kitchen of the house.
Crews wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel to extinguish the flames, which ripped through the kitchen leaving it damaged by smoke and fire.
The rest of the house was left smoke damaged by the incident at 11.09pm on Monday night.
A Cleveland Fire Brigade spokeswoman said: “The dishwasher was left destroyed by the fire and there was fire and smoke damage to the kitchen and the rest of the house.”
At 9.48pm the brigade spokeswoman said Stranton firefighters were also called to a fire that had been started inside the derelict Tunstall Court, off Park Avenue, in the West Park area of Hartlepool.
One crew attended the incident and used a jet to extinguish the small blaze, which is believed to have been deliberately started using a pile of rubbish inside the historic building.
Earlier in the evening, at 7.45pm, one fire engine from Peterlee Fire Station rushed to a field behind Brandlings Court, in Shotton.
Arsonists are believed to have set fire to a 450ft pile of hay which a farmer had left in preparation for baling.
Crews used a hose reel to dampen down the fire.
They left the scene after about 30 minutes.