FIREFIGHTERS called to a kitchen fire have stressed the importance of smoke alarms.

Two appliances from Darlington Fire Station attended the blaze at around 3.10pm today, which broke out in the kitchen of a first-floor flat above Veno’s Pizzeria, in Yarm Road.

Nobody was injured in the fire which caused smoke damage to the flat.

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John Jameson, assistant station manager at Darlington Fire Station, said the flat did not have a smoke alarm.

“We got here as fast as we could, but the alarm would have been raised faster if the flat had a fire alarm,” he said.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

For more information on fire safety visit ddfire.gov.uk