Man, 36, charged with arson in connection with early morning fire at block of flats in Gateshead

A person has been charged with arson following an early morning fire at a block of flats in Gateshead.

Officers from Northumbria Police confirmed that James Roney, has been charged with arson with intent to hazard life following the blaze in Tennyson Court, Felling, on Friday morning.

The 36-year-old, of Tennyson Court, is because of seem in courtroom on Monday.

Emergency providers had been known as to the scene at simply earlier than 1.45am and helped to evacuate residents because the fire was extinguished.

Nobody was injured however firefighters rescued two folks, one by means of a window utilizing a ten.5m ladder and the opposite was led to security by utilizing a smoke hood.

An investigation was launched by police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Assistant chief fire officer Lynsey McVay mentioned that neither of the folks rescued required hospital remedy.

She mentioned: “Crews from Gateshead Central, Newcastle, Hebburn, Byker, Birtley, Swalwell and Gosforth attended, in addition to our incident command unit and three senior officers.

“Firefighters rescued two occupiers from two separate flats, however fortunately neither required hospital remedy.

“The fire was confined to a room inside one flat on the second flooring. As a precaution the second flooring was evacuated on account of some smoke logging. The fire alarms activated as required.”



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