A man who was rescued from a fire this morning has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.
The 47-year-old was rescued by firefighters from the three-storey building in Skinnergate, in Darlington, earlier today.
He was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital with minor injuries where he was later arrested.
He has been released under investigation while he is treated in hospital for his injuries and to allow officers to carry out enquiries into the cause of the fire.
Police were called to the incident at 4.30am by colleagues from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.
The fire has been extinguished but fire crews and officers will remain on scene in Skinnergate.
A Durham Constabulary spokeswoman said: