1. ITV Report

7-year-old girl in critical condition after Darlington fire

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A seven-year-old girl is in a critical condition in hospital after a fire in Darlington.

Fire crews were called to a house on Esk Road at 1.46pm on Saturday to reports of a girl trapped in an upstairs bedroom.

The girl was taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough before being transferred to the RVI in Newcastle.

A 16-year-old boy who was arrested on suspicion of arson has been released under investigation.

The police say it was an isolated incident.

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"Our early enquiries would suggest that this was not a deliberate act but the investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing.

Our thoughts are with the young girl in hospital.”

– Detective Inspector Andy Reynolds, Durham Police

"We wish to express our thoughts and prayers to the family of the young girl and praise control staff, responding crews, and officers for their actions and professionalism during this incident."

– CFO Stuart Errington, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service