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16 April 2014, 12:53
A man has now died following a house fire in Gateshead
At just after 6.35pm, on Tuesday, April 15th, police received a report from the fire service of a fire inside an address on Redemarsh, Leam Lane.
Officers attended the scene along with the fire and ambulance service.
Two men from inside the property were taken to the RVI in Newcastle for treatment.
A 53-year-old man suffered substantial burns and has died in hospital this morning.
A 52-year-old man remains at hospital after being treated for smoke inhalation.
His injuries are not described as life threatening.
Enquiries into the fire are underway and anyone with information is being asked to come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett, from Northumbria Police's Major Crime Team, said:
"The investigation is in its very early stages and we are working with the fire service to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the fire.
Early indications are that the fire was started inside the property.
We would like to speak to anyone who thinks they may have information that could help us with our enquiries.
Anyone who knows those inside the property and who may have seen them earlier in the day should also come forward as this could help with our investigation.
Officers are in the area to offer reassurance to residents and anyone with concerns should speak to them."
People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1042 15/04/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
UPDATED 16th April 2014, 5am
A man's in a critical condition in hospital after a fire at a house in Gateshead
Police were called at 6:36pm on Tuesday, April 15th, to a house in Redemarch, Leam Lane, after reports of a fire.
The fire was put out and a man was taken to the RVI hospital with serious injuries.
He's currently in a critical condition.
A second man was hurt and is in a stable condition at the RVI.
Enquiries into the fire are ongoing, extra officers are carrying out patrols in the area and anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.