A WOMAN who was rescued by firefighters from her burning home is recovering well with relatives.

The 40-year-old woman was pulled from the first floor of her semi-detached home in Holmlands Road, near Cockerton, in Darlington, on Wednesday (December 26) night.

The blaze broke out at 10.44pm in a ground floor room while the woman was upstairs in her bedroom.

Detective Sergeant Jim Cunningham, who is leading the joint investigation between Durham Police and Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The lady was rescued by the fire brigade and she spent the night in hospital.

“She was treated for smoke inhalation and kept under observation but thankfully she has been released today and she is okay.

“We are still trying to establish what caused the fire but what we do know is that it started on the ground floor and she was in the bedroom at the time. There was nobody else in the house at the time.”

Two fire crews from Darlington, one from Newton Aycliffe and one from Bishop Auckland were sent to the house after one person was reported to be trapped.

The crews left the scene at 11.44pm reporting that the house had been slightly damaged by fire but had been completely smoke-logged.