‘It could have been much worse’ – see pictures of fire devastation at Hebburn home
Firefighters were on scene within two minutes after reports of a house fire in Hebburn.
The first team was on scene by 10.13am.
A TWFRS statement said: "On Friday morning, our fire control received a call about a house fire at a two-bed semi-detached house in Hebburn.
“Our firefighters from Hebburn and Gateshead were on scene in just two minutes to begin to bring the blaze under control.
“All occupiers were out of the property before we arrived but thankfully they had closed a door behind them which contained the fire before we could get there and extinguish it successfully.
“Unfortunately there was significant damage to the house but it could have been much worse.”
The fire is suspected to have been caused by discarded smoking materials.