House fire treated as suspicious

AN investigation is under way after a fire inside an empty house.

Two crews from Stranton Fire Station were called to a terraced house in Chester Road, in Hartlepool, at 12.29am today after reports of a house fire.

There was damage to a settee and the frame of a bed in the lounge as well as smoke damage to the rest of the property.

Police say there were no signs of forced entry to the front and back of the property but fire chiefs are treating it as suspicious.