FOUR people were given an early-morning wake-up call after a small fire broke out in the loft space of their end-terraced home.
Crews from Stranton Fire Station, in Hartlepool, were called to Beaconsfield Square, on the Headland, just before 7am after reports of smoke coming from the roof.
Two adults and two teenagers were inside the property at the time, but they made it out safely after being alerted by neighbours.
Crews used a hydraulic platform to tackle the fire and to remove roof tiles in a bid to establish the cause of the blaze.
Nobody was injured in the incident and there was very little damage to the inside of the property.
Ian Brown, watch manager at Stranton, said: “The hydraulic platform was used due to the height of the building, and the potential danger of the wet roof tiles.
“Tiles were removed from the property and we are trying to establish the cause.
“The house had smoke alarms fitted, and the occupants were alerted by a neighbour who spotted smoke coming from the roof.”