Fire crews tackle string of blazes across Hartlepool and East Durham

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FIREFIGHTERS from Hartlepool and East Durham had a busy weekend including a lift rescue and tackling grass, rubbish and car fires.

Two crews from Stranton Fire Station were sent to Hartlepool Yacht Club after three women and two men had been stuck in a lift for 20 minutes.

The lift was close to the floor and firefighters used a lift key to open the doors and disconnect the power before freeing the group at around 11pm on Friday.

Just an hour later, a crew from Peterlee Fire Station were called to a grass fire on the clifftops at Easington and spent 20 minutes at the scene.

The same crew attended a garden fire in Bruce Glazier Terrace, in Shotton Colliery, earlier that evening.

A crew from Stranton attended a grass fire at Summerhill at 5.30am on Saturday, followed by another, near B&Q, an hour later, as well as three wheelie bins on fire in Everett Street, also in the early hours of Saturday.

A Peterlee fire crew went to a Honda Civic car that was alight in North Road West, in Wingate, at 9am on Saturday.

The car had been abandoned near an electricity substation and Northern Powergrid engineers were sent to examine it.

On Saturday at about 8.30pm, a Peterlee crew tackled a waste bin on fire in Station Road, in Blackhall Rocks, as well as a child’s motorbike that had been abandoned and set alight in Colston Rise, Peterlee, at 9.15pm and a grass fire on beach banks at Blackhall Rocks at 10.30pm on Saturday.

Yesterday a Stranton crew from Stranton was called to North Cemetery, in Hart Lane, Hartlepool, to a a grass fire at 5pm.