POLICE are investigating after a disused farmhouse was destroyed by fire.

The two storey farmhouse building in Greenfields Road, West Auckland, County Durham, was severely damaged by a blaze reported to the fire service at 5.47pm on Sunday.

Firefighters stood down shortly after 7pm after using hose jets to tackle the fire.

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County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue said police had been requested to attend the scene.