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The Great Exhibition of the North is officially open. For 80 days it will showcase the great contributions made by the north in art, culture, design and innovation.

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Gateshead fire 'treated as arson'

Firefighters at scene. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

At around 4.35am today (Friday, June 22) police received request for assistance at a fire on Oak Square in Gateshead.

Emergency services attended the scene and nine residents were evacuated from a residential block of flats.

Four people were taken to hospital and are being treated for smoke inhalation. None of the injuries are understood to be life threatening.

Inquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what has happened. However, the fire is currently being treated as suspected arson.

Police have arrested two men and one woman on suspicion of arson with intent in relation to their investigation. They are currently in police custody.

Officers from Gateshead Council and The Gateshead Housing Company are on site assisting the emergency services and helping those residents affected by the fire.

– Northumbria Police spokesperson
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