Arson probe continues at Hartlepool home of former boxer

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POLICE are still investigating an apparent arson attack on the home of a former boxer.

Fire crews were called to the home of Michael Hunter on November 4 after a blaze broke out in the living room of his house in Eskdale Road, in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool.

Mr Hunter and his partner were in bed when the fire started, but luckily the doors of the end-terraced property were closed so the flames did not spread and they both escaped unharmed.

The ground floor of the house was badly damaged, and fire chiefs said at the time that it appeared the fire had been deliberate.

Scenes of crime officers from Cleveland Police carried out checks of the house after joint investigation was launched with Cleveland Fire Brigade.

The fire brigade have now confirmed their part of the investigation has been completed, though the police probe continues.

The front room windows were blown out and further damage had been caused at the rear of the house.

Three fire crews attended the blaze at 11.10pm, with Mr Hunter and his partner both having made their way out by the time they arrived.

A Cleveland Fire Brigade spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that our side of the investigation has been fully completed, and the matter is now entirely in the hands of the police.”

Anyone with information about the incident can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on freephone 0800 555111.