Fire crews were called out to a blaze at a house in South Shields.
It happened in the Lake Avenue area of Marsden shortly after 1pm today.
The oven in the two-storey semi-detached property was left partially damaged by fire, while the kitchen area was left smoke damaged.
The fire was put out by officers using a cup of water,as the house occupier had already tried to extinguish the blaze prior to their arrival.
No-one was hurt in the incident.