FIRE investigators were called in yesterday after a blaze ripped through a home in a north Durham village.

Firefighters were called to an end of terrace house in Unity Terrace, New Kyo, near Stanley, at about 1.15pm.

They found a fire in the front bedroom on the first floor of the property.

A spokesman said: "When we arrived, flames were pouring from the roof and the bedroom window was smashed. It was quite a blaze."

The fire destroyed the bedroom and the rest of the house was severely smoke damaged before fire crews could put it out.No one was injured.

Specialist investigators were called in to find out how the fire started.

The householder, a woman in her forties, said she was too upset to comment.