‘This is no playground’ – teenagers risking lives at arson-hit Hartlepool mansion

Firefighters at the Tunstall Court site.
Firefighters at the Tunstall Court site.

FIRE chiefs have issued yet another warning to people to stay away from an arson-hit historic mansion.

It comes after another fire at Tunstall Court, in the West Park area of Hartlepool, which fire bosses say is “not a playground”.

Young teenagers were spotted running away from the building by firefighters when they were sent to tackle the fire.

Three fire crews, including two from Stranton and one from Billingham, spent an hour-and-a-half at the incident, which happened at 5.30pm on Sunday.

Fire chiefs say the culprits are not only putting themselves in danger, but they are also risking the lives of firefighters and tying up vital resources.

They had to gain access via a 30ft ladder to a window as staircases have been destroyed in previous fires.

The source of the fire was a pile of rubbish on the first floor which spread to a doorframe.

A station spokesman said: “We saw young teenagers running away from the area.

“The building is not a safe building, it’s not a playground and it’s not a place for children or adults to be inside.

“They have put their own lives at risk but they are also putting firefighters’ lives at risk and tying our resources up.

“They need to think about their actions and shouldn’t be on the site in the first place.”

The Mail reported last month that the building’s owners, Ruttle North East, have submitted plans to demolish the site.