Tyne & Wear

Fireman injured in 'suspicious' Stanley fire

Roof on fire
Image caption Forty firefighters tackled the fire in Front Street, Stanley
Water being sprayed at buildings
Image caption Durham Police said the fire at one point spread to six buildings
Firefighters in Durham
Image caption The firefighter was hit by falling debris and suffered bruising to his leg. Nobody else was injured
Firefighter in Durham
Image caption Durham Police will carry out a joint investigation with the fire service to determine the cause of the fire

A firefighter was injured as crews tackled a blaze in County Durham which police are treating as "suspicious".

The fireman was hit by falling debris and suffered bruising to his leg. Nobody else was injured.

Forty firefighters eventually extinguished the blaze in Front Street, Stanley, at about 10:55 GMT.

Durham Police is treating the fire as suspicious and will carry out a joint investigation with the fire service to determine the cause.

'No link'

Deputy chief fire officer Stuart Errington said: "While the injuries sustained by the firefighter were serious, it is pleasing that he is now at home and should make a full recovery."

Durham Police said the fire at one point spread to six buildings.

Det Insp Gavin Heckles said: "We would especially like to speak to any delivery drivers or people on their way to work at this time in the morning who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area to the rear of Front Street, down to the bus station.

"This is the second large fire in Stanley in a matter of weeks but I would like to reassure the community that there is no link between them.

"The first fire at the Elite buildings in November was non-suspicious."

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