A man had to be given oxygen after a kitchen fire broke out in a high rise block of flats.
A total of 16 firefighters from South Shields, Hebburn and Wallsend stations were called to Durham Court in Hebburn just after 5.30pm yesterday.
A kitchen fire in a flat caused smoke damage to a flat and also to the communal corridor area.
One man had to be given oxygen by paramedics while other residents were checked over.
No-one was seriously injured in the incident.