ASHES from a garden wood burner set fire to a wheelie bin which went on to cause damage to the back of a house.
Two engines from Stranton Fire Station were called to the blaze at a property in Arncliffe Gardens, Hartlepool.
A woman from the house had tipped some ashes from a garden wood burner onto some soil next to a wheelie bin, thinking they were cooled.
But fire crews say the cinders must have still been hot because a fire started which spread to a wheelie bin.
The heat from the blaze then damaged a fence, guttering, and cracked four windows at the back of the house, including some patio doors.
Crews extinguished the flames in about 10 minutes, at 8.45am on Saturday.