Investigation launched into cause of building blaze in County Durham

An investigation has been launched into the cause of a building fire in County Durham that saw firefighters spend hours working to put out.

Monday, 18th November 2019, 11:56 am
Updated Monday, 18th November 2019, 2:18 pm

Crews from Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service were called to the blaze in the Black Lane area of Wheatley Hill at around 11.20pm on Sunday, November 17.

Four fire engines from Wheatley Hill, Peterlee and Durham, tackled the fire until the early hours of the morning using two hose reels and one ground monitor.

An investigation has now been launched into the cause of the fire.

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Firefighters were called to the Black Lane area of Wheatley Hill. Image by Google Maps.

A County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of a building on fire in the Black Lane area of Wheatley Hill at 11.20pm last night.

“Initially two fire engines attended and a further two crews and the bulk water carrier were deployed soon after.

“There were four crews in total from Wheatley Hill, two crews from Peterlee, and one from Durham who fought the fire for over an hour.

“The fire was under control just before 1am.

“Two crews remained at the scene overnight and a further crew has visited today, to ensure the area is safe.

“Fire investigators are now liaising with Durham Constabulary to begin an investigation into the cause of the fire.”

Anyone with information regarding a possible cause should call FireStoppers on 0800 169 5558.