Roof blaze tackled

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THREE fire crews were called to tackle a blaze in a roof.

Firefighters spent two hours tackling the blaze at a semi-detached house in Main Road, Trimdon Village.

The call was received around 10.15am yesterday and crews from the Wheatley Hill and Sedgefield fire stations, as well as an aerial ladder platform from Darlington, were dispatched to the scene.

Robin Turnbull, area group manager for Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said smoke was coming from the roof and the fire was tackled from a height initially until access could be gained inside.

Firefighters fought the flames using breathing apparatus, which Mr Turnbull said was “extremely challenging and physically demanding”.

Mr Turnbull said the cause of the fire was an electrical fault.