Police arrest man, 23, following suspected arson attack on house in Hartlepool
A man has been arrested following a suspected arson attack on a house in Hartlepool.
The alleged incident took place at a property in the Hart Lane area of the town shortly after 1am on Saturday.
Crews from Stranton, Headland and Billingham fire stations rushed to the scene.
The living room of the property was left "100% fire damaged", while the first floor and ground floor were said to be "heavily damaged" by smoke.
Cleveland Police have said that a 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident on suspicion of arson and has been released under investigation.
Officers are appealing for any witnesses who were around at the time of the fire to contact DC Becky Alderson from Cleveland Police on 101 quoting event number 056870.
Crimestoppers can be anonymously contacted on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.