THE man whose life was claimed by a house fire in Hartlepool has been named.
The victim, who died after the blaze in the town’s Dent Street has been named locally as Andrew Simon.
The 44–year–old died in the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, following the fire which ripped through the terraced property.
A post mortem examination has been carried out on his body in a bid to establish an exact cause of death.
Police have confirmed that a 40–year–old woman who was arrested by police on suspicion of arson has now been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Mr Simon was inside the house in the town’s Dent Street, when the fire – which police are describing as “unexplained” – broke out.
Three fire engines, two from Stranton Fire Station and one from the Headland, tackled the flames at 12.45am yesterday.
Crews pulled him from the burning house and he was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, by ambulance but was later pronounced dead.
Dent Street was cordoned off with police tape throughout yesterday while police and scenes of crime experts carried out investigations alongside Cleveland Fire Brigade staff.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “The woman who was arrested on suspicion of arson has now been bailed pending further inquiries.
“A post mortem examination has been carried out on the body of the man who died and the results are expected to be returned in a few weeks.
“Investigations into the incident are ongoing.”
Police are urging anyone who has any information about the fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning, to contact officers on the non-emergency number 101.