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Over the weekend and into today, firefighters from Darlington have been out working with local residents in the streets surrounding the scene of a fatal house fire, offering reassurance, advice and home fire safety checks.

This follows the tragic fatal house fire at the weekend. Five crews responded to reports of a house, well alight on Woodland Terrace, Darlington in the early hours of Saturday (May, 13) morning.

On arrival, crews were met by a fully developed fire on the ground and first floor of the property. Firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and proceeded to conduct a search and extinguish the fire using hose reels. Over the course of the incident, 14 firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were deployed into the large three-story house.

Despite the swift response by our crews both occupants of the house have sadly passed away. Our thoughts are with their family, friends and neighbours at this sad time.

A joint fire investigation by Fire Service and Police has taken place and the cause is thought to be accidental.

As part of the Fire Service’s response to this incident, crews from Darlington Fire Station will be working in the local area, providing public reassurance, and conducting free home fire safety visits.

Paul Cummings, Duty Group Manager for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service stated:

“As a Service, we aim to educate and protect the members of our communities about the dangers of fire. At a time like this we are reminded of how damaging fires in the home can be.

We encourage all households to have a home fire safety visit, your safety is our priority. During a home fire safety visit, staff from your local fire station come to your home to chat about how to keep you and your family safe from fire. This includes checking you have working smoke alarms to using electrical items and planning a safe escape in an emergency.”

If you would like a free home fire safety visit, please call is on 0345 223 4221 or visit to find out more.