A person has died in a house fire in Seaham during the night.
Fire crews were called to the house on Gregson Terrace at 3.30 this morning following several reports of a fire.
Three fire appliances, two from Seaham and one from Peterlee attended to fight the blaze.
Sadly, a body was discovered by fire fighters on the first floor of the property.
At this stage, the identity of the person has not been confirmed.
No one else was trapped or injured during the incident.
Crews remain at the scene and a joint fire and police investigation will begin as soon as possible to identify how the blaze started.
Anyone with information should contact 101 and quote reference 23 of 13/04.