TWO men are in hospital, one critically ill, after a fire on Tyneside last night.

The emergency services were called to reports of a fire inside a property in Redemarch, Leam Lane, Gateshead, at 6.36pm.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: "The fire was extinguished and a man was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary with serious injuries. He is currently in a critical condition.

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"A second man sustained injuries and was also taken to the RVI. He is in a stable condition."

Enquiries into the fire are ongoing, and extra officers are carrying out patrols in the area.

Anyone with any information about the blaze is asked to contact police on 101 extension 69191.