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 Investigation underway following Darlington house fire


A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a house fire in Darlington and is currently in police custody.

The fire happened at a house on Esk Road at about 1.50pm and police, fire and ambulance attended the scene.

A 7-year-old girl suffered serious injuries and was taken to James Cook University Hospital before being transferred to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary. Her condition is described as stable.

All of the occupants of the house at the time were checked by medical professionals and later released.

Police have said they believe this to be an isolated incident.

A joint police and fire investigation into the cause of the blaze is underway.