Detectives confirm they are treating death of man in home blaze as murder

Police leading the investigation into the death of Patryk Mortimer at a former care home in Easington Lane as a suspected murder.

Monday, 12th November 2018, 1:06 pm
Updated Monday, 12th November 2018, 7:54 pm
The scene has been taped off by Northumbria Police as investigations in Patryk Mortimer's death continue.

Detectives launched an investigation following the death of 39-year-old Patryk, who died in a blaze which started at his home address with the former Manor House Care Home on High Street in the early hours of Saturday, November 3.

Nine residents were helped to safety by firefighters.

The scene has been taped off by Northumbria Police as investigations in Patryk Mortimer's death continue.

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Forensic analysts carried out inquiries at the scene throughout last week and an investigation is ongoing to determine the circumstances surrounding the fire.

The blaze happened just days after the building was at the centre of an earlier police incident when another man was allegedly involved in a rooftop stand-off with officers.

Detective Chief Inspector John Bent is leading the inquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector John Bent, of Northumbria Police, said: “The investigation into Patryk’s death has entered a second week and we remain committed to determining how this tragic incident occurred.

“Our thoughts remain with Patryk’s family and friends, who are understandably devastated by their loss.

"They will continue to be offered support by a team of experienced officers.

Forensic officers on the scene at the former Manor House Care Home.

“Inquiries into Patryk’s death are ongoing.

"At this time, we are treating the incident as a suspected homicide.

"There will continue to be an increased police presence in the local area to offer reassurance to the public.

“I would like to thank residents and local businesses for their ongoing patience and cooperation, and would ask anybody who has any information about the incident to come forward and speak to police.”

Forensic officers at the former care home, off Pemberton Bank in Easington Lane.

Witnesses said they watched on as firefighters and paramedics tried to save Patryk after he was pulled from the building.

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Chris Lowther, chief officer of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, praised his crews for their efforts.

The service was called to the property at 2.43am and left the scene just before 4am.

Specialist search officers were drafted in the day after the fatal blaze.

Six crews of four firefighters were sent from fire stations at Sunderland Central, Farringdon, West Denton, Gosforth and South Shields.

The officers used hoses, breathing apparatus, thermal image cameras and positive pressure ventilation fan to clear the large building of fumes.

The blaze caused severe fire damage on the ground floor, with light smoke damage to the first and second floors.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting log 146 031118 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police have kept guard outside the property.