A 57-YEAR-OLD man is in a ‘serious’ condition in hospital after being rescued from a fire in a Hartlepool pub.
Six appliances rushed to a blaze at the New Inn, in Durham Street, at around 12.30am on Monday.
The man and a woman, aged 56, were brought out of the building and taken to hospital.
An investigation has now been launched by firefighters and police officers to determine how the fire started.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “The blaze has caused extensive damage and is currently being treated as unexplained. A 56-year-old woman was taken to University Hospital of North Tees and has since been discharged, a 57-year-old man remains in hospital in a serious condition.
“Officers would like to speak with anyone who may have visited the New Inn that evening or anyone who witnessed the blaze.”
A Cleveland Fire Brigade spokeswoman said the bar area of the pub was destoyed in the blaze and the rest of the building suffered smoke damage.
She added: “Two casualties were rescued by fire brigade personnel”.
Anyone with information should call Detective Constable Martin Skirving, of Hartlepool Police, on the non-emergency number 101.
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