Hartlepool fatal house fire leads to woman's arrest

House in Hartlepool
Image caption Cleveland Police described the fire as "unexplained"

A man has died and a woman has been arrested after a house fire in Hartlepool.

The man, 44, died at North Tees General Hospital after the fire, which left the front room of a house in Dent Street "severely damaged".

A woman, 40, has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Cleveland Police described the fire as "unexplained" and has started a joint investigation into the cause of the fire with Cleveland Fire Brigade.

Three fire appliances took about 30 minutes to put out the fire which happened at about 00:45.

Cleveland Police are appealing for witnesses.

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