AN investigation is underway after a house was gutted by a fire on Teesside last night.

The fire, which happened at around 11.15pm on Tuesday, January 7, took hold of a house on Raby Road, Dyke House in Hartlepool.

Thirteen firefighters and three fire engines, two from Hartlepool Fire Station and one from Headlands Fire Station were dispatched to the scene.

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The top left window was smashed during the blaze Picture: JIM SCOTT

Two occupants of the house had to be treated outside the house, while the fire service confirmed a pet parrot had died. 

This morning, Cleveland Fire Brigade said '100 percent' fire damage had been reported and that an investigation to determine its cause would be carried out today. 

One shop worker, who did not want to be named, said: “I came into work this morning and told my colleague ‘look that house is all boarded up,’ there’s a lady who lives there.”

The fire service confirmed that all occupants had been accounted for during a search of the home last night.
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Discarded rubbish with evidence of scorching Picture: JIM SCOTT

A spokesperson for the fire service said: "We were called to reports of a house fire on Raby Road, Dyke House in Hartlepool.

"Three fire appliances attended, two appliances from Hartlepool fire station and one from Headlands fire station.

"The fire involved the following damage - 100 percent fire damage, broken window to the front bedroom and a door was broken."

A spokesperson for the North East Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 11.24pm, to a house fire on Raby Road.

"We dispatched a crew from Hazard Area Response Team, and treated two patients on the scene with smoke inhalation."