Fire in former nursing home

FIREFIGHTERS were called after a fire at a former nursing home.

Crews from Stranton and Billingham Fire Station were called to the former Holmewood Nursing Home, in Stockton Road, Hartlepool, after reports of a fire.

There was fire damage to a communal area and smoke damage to the rest of the property, which is currently empty.

No-one was inside the building at the time.

The incident happened at 2.15pm on Sunday and firefighters spent around an hour at the scene.