Landlord who was rescued from pub fire is still improving in hospital

The fire damaged New Inn
The fire damaged New Inn

A LANDLORD who was pulled to safety unconscious after a fire tore through his pub is continuing to get better in hospital.

Firefighters from across the area tackled the blaze at the New Inn, on the Headland, in the early hours of Monday.

Landlord Peter Watson, 57, was rescued by firefighters and was rushed to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton in a critical condition.

He did show signs of improvement and a spokeswoman for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said Mr Watson is now in a “comfortable” condition. His wife Christine was also rescued from the blaze in the Durham Street pub but was discharged from hospital on Monday.

The couple live above the pub and were upstairs when the fire broke out at around 12.30am.

An investigation into how the fire, which destroyed the bar area, started is ongoing and police are still appealing for anyone with any information about the blaze. They should call Detective Constable Martin Skirving on 101.