FIREFIGHTERS and police were called after a fire broke out in a kitchen drawer.
Fire chiefs say police were alerted to the incident, in Sharp Crescent, in the West View area of Hartlepool, as the cause was “undetermined”.
Bosses at Stranton Fire Station are hailing the fact that the bungalow had a smoke alarm fitted by Cleveland Fire Brigade, which alerted the occupants to the fire.
It happened around 11.30pm on Sunday, when the son of the elderly couple who live there went into the kitchen to investigate after the alarm activated.
The fire was out when the firefighters arrived, but it had caused smoke damage to the kitchen and living room.
A station spokesman said: “There had been a fire in a kitchen drawer.
“The cause is undetermined.
“The son of the couple opened the drawer and put out the fire himself.
“It was contained to the drawer.
“The smoke alarm previously fitted by Cleveland Fire Brigade did activate and alert the occupants, giving them time to call the fire brigade and for a more severe fire to be avoided.”
Two crews attended the scene and spent an hour in attendance.
A crew from the station was also called to a report of a brick outhouse on fire behind shops on the Headland’s Northgate.
Rubbish had been set alight inside the building, which is believed to have stored bins.
The incident happened around 5am on Monday.