Firefighters rescue three guinea pigs and a budgie from a blaze in Sunderland

Three guinea pigs and a budgie had to be rescued by firefighters after a blaze broke out in a Sunderland home.
At lunchtime today crews from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were called to a blaze at a home in New Herrington.
The cause of the fire, which was in the conservatory of the home, is believed to have been caused by a lighted candle being left unattended.
A spokesman for the brigade, which was called at 12.11pm today, said fortunately smoke alarms alerted the occupants to the blaze.
He said: "Our crews rescued three guinea pigs and a budgie.
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