UPDATED 2.50pm: Two arrested and bailed after Darlington house fire

The Northern Echo: The scene of devastation at the properties in Aldborough Walk, Darlington The scene of devastation at the properties in Aldborough Walk, Darlington

A DARLINGTON mother says she has 'lost everything' after fire ripped through her home.

Two male youths have been arrested on suspicion of arson following the fire in Aldborough Walk, in the Lascelles Park area of the town, shortly after 4.35pm on Saturday.

They were interviewed and released on bail pending further investigation.

The blaze was one of a number of incidents reported during a seven-hour strike by members of the Fire Brigade Union.

A fire service spokeswoman said three crews and an aerial ladder platform attended the scene.

No one was injured in the incident, but a significant amount of damage was caused.

Fire broke out in the back yard of the end property in a four-house terrace.

That property, which was not occupied, was very seriously damaged and it seems likely it will need to be demolished.

The householder of the second property, which also suffered significant damage, was too upset to speak, other than to say: "I have lost everything, all me and my girls have is the clothes we stand up in."

Neighbours are rallying round to help the family and have talked about organising a collection for their benefit.

The fire was one of seven incidents attended by Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service during yesterday's strike, which ran from 10am to 5pm.

The other incidents were; a house fire in Barnard Castle, fields on fire in Darlington, a house fire in Consett, an automatic fire alarm at Darlington, a house fire at Shildon, and a fire in the plant room of a hotel in Durham.

Stuart Errington, deputy chief fire officer, said: “Whilst our resilience plans have worked well, for a period of time our resources were stretched as we dealt with the large fire in Darlington and a number of other incidents at the same time.

"I would like to thank all of our staff: resilience officers, normal fire crews and control room operators who worked really hard in difficult circumstances to deal with these incidents successfully."

A police presence has been maintained near the affected properties this morning.

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9:28pm Sat 21 Jun 14

kevmacka says...

Well done to the fire services. Sympathise with their grievances but great to see duty comes first.
Well done to the fire services. Sympathise with their grievances but great to see duty comes first. kevmacka
  • Score: 45

11:26pm Sat 21 Jun 14

nomad1947 says...

Well done guys
Well done guys nomad1947
  • Score: 29

11:36pm Sat 21 Jun 14

binksy153 says...

I witnessed this fire which started off as a shed on fire. Don't know what went wrong but it seemed to take a long time for a fire engine to arrive and didn't seem to have control and needed to get more engines to help put out a shed fire that ended up destroying 2 houses. Just hope everyone was ok.
I witnessed this fire which started off as a shed on fire. Don't know what went wrong but it seemed to take a long time for a fire engine to arrive and didn't seem to have control and needed to get more engines to help put out a shed fire that ended up destroying 2 houses. Just hope everyone was ok. binksy153
  • Score: 24

5:31pm Sun 22 Jun 14

StanLaurels_CamelToe says...

binksy153 wrote:
I witnessed this fire which started off as a shed on fire. Don't know what went wrong but it seemed to take a long time for a fire engine to arrive and didn't seem to have control and needed to get more engines to help put out a shed fire that ended up destroying 2 houses. Just hope everyone was ok.
County Durham & Darlington only had a handful of appliances available due to the strike action. Hence the delay. Also, it wouldn't have been tackled properly due to the resilience plans being that officers who haven't seen a fire for years are the people riding the appliances. However, this resilience plan is a LOT better than what other services have in place (police officers, untrained civilians or simply no appliances).
With a bit of luck this bloody government will see the sense in the FBU's grievance and help bring this action to a halt, but in reality they'll be waiting for the next general election.
[quote][p][bold]binksy153[/bold] wrote: I witnessed this fire which started off as a shed on fire. Don't know what went wrong but it seemed to take a long time for a fire engine to arrive and didn't seem to have control and needed to get more engines to help put out a shed fire that ended up destroying 2 houses. Just hope everyone was ok.[/p][/quote]County Durham & Darlington only had a handful of appliances available due to the strike action. Hence the delay. Also, it wouldn't have been tackled properly due to the resilience plans being that officers who haven't seen a fire for years are the people riding the appliances. However, this resilience plan is a LOT better than what other services have in place (police officers, untrained civilians or simply no appliances). With a bit of luck this bloody government will see the sense in the FBU's grievance and help bring this action to a halt, but in reality they'll be waiting for the next general election. StanLaurels_CamelToe
  • Score: 11

9:49pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Mike2012 says...

StanLaurels_CamelToe wrote:
binksy153 wrote:
I witnessed this fire which started off as a shed on fire. Don't know what went wrong but it seemed to take a long time for a fire engine to arrive and didn't seem to have control and needed to get more engines to help put out a shed fire that ended up destroying 2 houses. Just hope everyone was ok.
County Durham & Darlington only had a handful of appliances available due to the strike action. Hence the delay. Also, it wouldn't have been tackled properly due to the resilience plans being that officers who haven't seen a fire for years are the people riding the appliances. However, this resilience plan is a LOT better than what other services have in place (police officers, untrained civilians or simply no appliances).
With a bit of luck this bloody government will see the sense in the FBU's grievance and help bring this action to a halt, but in reality they'll be waiting for the next general election.
NOTHING to do with the government, just typical old trade union bullying tactics! Don't worry, if Ed wins he'll no doubt cave into them (again!)
[quote][p][bold]StanLaurels_CamelToe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]binksy153[/bold] wrote: I witnessed this fire which started off as a shed on fire. Don't know what went wrong but it seemed to take a long time for a fire engine to arrive and didn't seem to have control and needed to get more engines to help put out a shed fire that ended up destroying 2 houses. Just hope everyone was ok.[/p][/quote]County Durham & Darlington only had a handful of appliances available due to the strike action. Hence the delay. Also, it wouldn't have been tackled properly due to the resilience plans being that officers who haven't seen a fire for years are the people riding the appliances. However, this resilience plan is a LOT better than what other services have in place (police officers, untrained civilians or simply no appliances). With a bit of luck this bloody government will see the sense in the FBU's grievance and help bring this action to a halt, but in reality they'll be waiting for the next general election.[/p][/quote]NOTHING to do with the government, just typical old trade union bullying tactics! Don't worry, if Ed wins he'll no doubt cave into them (again!) Mike2012
  • Score: -12

11:03pm Sun 22 Jun 14

binksy153 says...

StanLaurels_CamelToe wrote:
binksy153 wrote:
I witnessed this fire which started off as a shed on fire. Don't know what went wrong but it seemed to take a long time for a fire engine to arrive and didn't seem to have control and needed to get more engines to help put out a shed fire that ended up destroying 2 houses. Just hope everyone was ok.
County Durham & Darlington only had a handful of appliances available due to the strike action. Hence the delay. Also, it wouldn't have been tackled properly due to the resilience plans being that officers who haven't seen a fire for years are the people riding the appliances. However, this resilience plan is a LOT better than what other services have in place (police officers, untrained civilians or simply no appliances).
With a bit of luck this bloody government will see the sense in the FBU's grievance and help bring this action to a halt, but in reality they'll be waiting for the next general election.
From what I saw, I thought they must have been untrained civilians as they looked like headless chickens!! Agree that it must have been a very long time since these firemen have seen a fire!
[quote][p][bold]StanLaurels_CamelToe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]binksy153[/bold] wrote: I witnessed this fire which started off as a shed on fire. Don't know what went wrong but it seemed to take a long time for a fire engine to arrive and didn't seem to have control and needed to get more engines to help put out a shed fire that ended up destroying 2 houses. Just hope everyone was ok.[/p][/quote]County Durham & Darlington only had a handful of appliances available due to the strike action. Hence the delay. Also, it wouldn't have been tackled properly due to the resilience plans being that officers who haven't seen a fire for years are the people riding the appliances. However, this resilience plan is a LOT better than what other services have in place (police officers, untrained civilians or simply no appliances). With a bit of luck this bloody government will see the sense in the FBU's grievance and help bring this action to a halt, but in reality they'll be waiting for the next general election.[/p][/quote]From what I saw, I thought they must have been untrained civilians as they looked like headless chickens!! Agree that it must have been a very long time since these firemen have seen a fire! binksy153
  • Score: 5

10:49am Mon 23 Jun 14

think twice says...

Hope whoever set the fire are pleased with themselves. Smacked wrists all round no doubt.
Hope whoever set the fire are pleased with themselves. Smacked wrists all round no doubt. think twice
  • Score: 1

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