Men arrested after blaze tears through village homes

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TWO men have been questioned on suspicion of starting a fire which has left a number of homes wrecked.

The pair were arrested following the fire, which caused considerable damage to a number of properties in Sherburn Village yesterday.

The blaze started in the roof of Clifton House, where work was being carried out, and then quickly spread to the five adjoining properties which share the same roof void.

Police say no-one was hurt but all the houses suffered smoke and water damage.

A joint fire and police investigation has begun and forensic investigators have been at the scene this morning.

Police have arrested two men, aged 23 and 27 and both from Durham on suspicion of arson.

After being interviewed they were released on police bail, pending further inquiries until mid-May.

Detectives Inspector Dunny McCubbin, of Durham CID said: “Our investigation with the fire service is in the early stages, and there were a number of measures which had to be taken to ensure the properties were safe to enter today.”

Any witnesses or anyone else with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, 0800 555111.