Arson investigation launched after a pet dog rescued from house fire

Emergency services were called to a “well alight” blaze at an address on McGuinness Avenue in Horden during the early hours of Tuesday, August 4.

Tuesday, 4th August 2020, 10:26 am

Two fire crews from Peterlee and one from Wheatley Hill, along with a targeted response vehicle were called to the address at around 12.35am.

Firefighters say that the semi-detached house in McGuinness Avenue was “well alight” when they arrived at the scene.

It has been confirmed that the property was empty at the time of the blaze and no one was injured in the incident with a pet dog successfully rescued by fire crews from the property.

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Emergency services were called to McGuinness Avenue in Horden at around 12.35am on Tuesday, August 4.

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A spokesperson for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said: “Our control room received a call on August 4 at approximately 12:35am with reports of a house on fire at an address in the Horden area.

“Two fire engines from Peterlee, one fire engine from Wheatley Hill and the targeted response vehicle from Peterlee attended the incident. On arrival the crews found a semi-detached house well alight.

"Two BA crews were committed to the house and used two hose reel and two positive pressure ventilation to extinguish the fire.”

Fire crews described the blaze as "well alight" when they arrived.

“Fortunately, there was no one in the house at the time of the fire, but the crews did successfully rescue a pet dog.

"The cause of the fire is unknown, but fire investigators will be on scene carrying out an investigation today.”

A spokesperson for Durham Constabulary commented: “We were alerted by the fire service at 12.40am today to a fire at a house in McGuinness Avenue, in Horden.

No one was in the property at the time of the blaze and firefighters managed to rescue a pet dog.

“Thankfully the property was empty at the time of the blaze and nobody was injured. Officers are treating the incident as arson and an investigation is underway.”

Police are asking anyone with any information relating to the incident that could help their investigation to contact them on 101 and quote incident number 17 of August 4.

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Police are treating the incident as arson and an investigation has been launched.