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Houghton-le-Spring death treated as suspected homicide

Patryk Mortimer. Photo: Northumbria Police

Police investigating a fatal fire in Houghton-le-Spring are treating it as a suspected homicide.

Detectives launched an investigation following the death of Patryk Mortimer, 39, who died in the blaze which started at his home on High Street, Easington Lane, in the early hours of Saturday, November 3.

Nine residents who lived there were helped to safety by firefighters.

But Mr Mortimer was found unconscious inside the building and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Forensic analysts carried out enquiries at the scene throughout last week and an investigation is ongoing to determine what caused the fire.

The investigation into Patryk’s death has entered a second week and we remain committed to determining how this tragic incident occurred.

Our thoughts remain with Patryk’s family and friends, who are understandably devastated by their loss. They will continue to be offered support by a team of experienced officers.

Enquiries into Patryk’s death are ongoing. At this time, we are treating the incident as a suspected homicide. There will continue to be an increased police presence in the local area to offer reassurance to the public.

I would like to thank residents and local businesses for their ongoing patience and cooperation, and would ask anybody who has any information about the incident to come forward and speak to police.

– Detective Chief Inspector John Bent, Northumbria Police