A COUPLE had a lucky escape after a fire broke out on their houseboat in the early hours.
Two crews spent just over an hour tackling a blaze on the boat at Hartlepool Marina, in the area near Krimo’s restaurant.
Fire chiefs have issued a warning against people rushing back into fires to rescue pets after the man suffered cuts and bruises when he climbed through a window after running back onto the houseboat to rescue his two pet cats.
The incident happened around 3.30am on Monday and the man, in his 40s, also suffered smoke inhalation.
Watch manager Andy Hardy, of Stranton Fire Station, which sent two appliances to the incident, said: “This couple have been relatively lucky.
“Our message is ‘once you get out, please stay out and leave the rest to us’.”
The fire, which began in the entrance area to the boat, is being treated as accidental and the cause is still under investigation.
Paramedics treated the man at the scene and the woman and cats were unhurt.