WATCH: 'Substantial' damage to Hartlepool home after crews are called to fire

Firefighters and an ambulance were called to a Hartlepool home after a fire left 'substantial' structural damage.

Three appliances and 12 firefighters were at the scene in Valley Drive after a fire which is thought to have been caused by naked flame repairs being carried out in the roof area.

The property in Valley Drive sustained 'substantial' structural damage to its roof.

The property in Valley Drive sustained 'substantial' structural damage to its roof.

The emergency services were called for at about 11.10am today, and the workman carrying out the repairs sustained minor hand injuries.

Billingham Fire Station watch manager Alan Turner, who was the officer in charge of the operation, said: "It was a roof fire which appears to have started due to a workman carrying out naked flame repairs to the roof area.

"The occupant did not receive any injuries, but the roofer sustained minor hand injuries trying to extinguish the fire himself before our arrival.

"I believe that if it wasn't for his quick actions, it could have been a lot worse. He tried to extinguish it with a garden hose, and I have no doubt he helped in containing the fire as best he could.

"The fire was going well when we got there, and we probably had it contained within 10 to 15 minutes, and extinguished after 20 to 30 minutes. There is substantial structural damage to the roof area of the house.

"We had four BA (firefighters with breathing apparatus) in use, and there were 12 firefighters. There were three appliances. One was from Billingham, one from Hartlepool and one from Stockton.

"We would like to ask the public to be vigilant with any roof repairs using naked flames, because accidents like this can occur."