Two people died today in a house fire, emergency workers said.
The pair were killed when the fire ripped through the property in Carlton Village, Stockton-On-Tees.
A spokesman for Cleveland Fire Brigade said: "Cleveland Fire Brigade were called out to a house fire in Carlton Village, Stockton.
"It was a severe fire in which there were two fatalities.
"Five appliances attended which were from Stockton, Thornaby and Middlesbrough Stations.
"Crews left the scene at approximately 8.45am.
"There will now be a joint investigation between the Fire Brigade and Police."
Cleveland Police would not confirm the gender of the pair and said the investigation was in its very early stages.
A force spokeswoman said the fire was reported to them at 5.05am.