Six people taken to hospital after suspected arson attack guts home in South Shields

Six people were taken to hospital after a suspected arson attack in South Tyneside.

Police were alerted to a fire inside a property on Chatsworth Court in South Shields shortly after 4am on Thursday, July 11. Emergency services attended the scene where the fire was extinguished a short time later, and a number of neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution.

Six people were taken to hospital for treatment of injuries not deemed to be life-threatening. South Tyneside Council staff are supporting those residents who continue to be affected by the fire.

A full investigation is ongoing into the cause of the fire with support from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, which Northumbria Police are treating as suspected arson.

Police and partners remain in the area to carry out enquiries and offer reassurance to residents – and anyone with concerns is encouraged to speak with an officer on duty. Officers are now appealing to the public for information.

Damage to a house on Chatsworth Court in South Shields
Damage to a house on Chatsworth Court in South Shields -Credit:Newcastle Chronicle

A Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “We can confirm that five fire appliances attended a house fire in the early hours of this morning (Thursday 11th July) in South Shields, South Tyneside.

"The emergency call was received by our Control Team at 4am and the appliances were dispatched from Hebburn, Marley Park, South Shields and Sunderland Central Community Fire Stations.

“The casualties involved in the incident had self-rescued from the property upon arrival of our crews. Once the fire had been extinguished our firefighters left the incident location and the police and ambulance service remained at the scene.”

Anyone with information is asked to get in touch with Northumbria Police by sending a private message on social media, visiting the live chat on their website or by completing a crime update form, quoting reference: NP-20240711-0129