FIREFIGHTERS were called after a dryer in a care home overheated and caught fire.
Officers from Hartlepool attended the incident at Wynyard Woods Grange Care home in Wynyard village on Saturday afternoon.
A large drying machine in a laundry room overheated at around 2pm.
Residents of the 50-bed home, which cares for the elderly and dementia sufferers, were moved to another room for safety until the fire was out.
The fire brigade said it was a small fire which caused smoke damage to the room.