Police have named a man whose body was discovered in the rubble of a fire in Sunderland.
The body of 53-year-old Mark Herron, from New Silksworth, was discovered earlier this week by officers investigating the blaze, which happened on Tuesday 18 February, an address on Tunstall Village Green.
His family are being supported by specialist officers.
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In a statement, Mark's family said:
A post-mortem examination was carried out on Tuesday 25 February and revealed Mark died as a result of the fire.
Police are currently treating his death as suspicious and an investigation is ongoing to determine the circumstances surrounding the fire.
On Sunday, a 38-year-old man was arrested in connection with the man’s death and has been released under investigation.
Detective Inspector Graeme Dodds, the senior investigating officer, said: