A POLICE and fire investigation has been launched following a blaze at a block of flats in Hartlepool during which six people were evacuated.
The residents from the property in the town’s Murray Street – which is said to contain four flats within it – were removed when the fire broke out.
None of them are believed to have been hurt in the incident.
Investigators do not know how the fire started, but believe the flames started within one of the four flats, before thick smoke spread to the others.
Crews from Hartlepool and the surrounding area rushed to the scene at 7.50pm on Friday, with six fire engines and a hydraulic platform there at the fire’s height.
Firefighters wore breathing apparatus to bring the fire under control.
A spokesman for Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “All the residents were evacuated from the building, men and women, but no children.
“The fire started in one of the flats and smoke affected the others.
“The cause of the fire is now under investigation by police and fire brigade.”