A man has died in a fire at a former care home on Wearside during the early hours of this morning.
Police received a report of a fire at a property on High Street in Easington Lane at around 2.40am.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue attended the scene and brought a number of residents to safety from the address but one man was found unconscious inside the building.
He was pronounced dead a short time later.
Two men, aged 23 and 35, have been arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation and remain in police custody at this time.
The cause of the fire is still being established and a joint emergency services investigation is now underway, with police appealing for witnesses.