A fire that broke out on the outside of the cladding of a County Durham bar and eatery last night (November 13) is being investigated by police.

Firefighters were pictured tackling flames believed to be emerging from a cladding fire at CoHo on Freeman’s place along the River Wear, Durham shortly after 8pm.

The fire did not spread to the bar area and was extinguished by personnel from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service using two hose reels from two fire engines in attendance.

The Northern Echo: Fire at CoHo, Durham.Fire at CoHo, Durham. (Image: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT)

Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause.

A Durham Constabulary spokesperson said: “Police were alerted by the fire service to a fire at CoHo, in Durham City, at 8.40pm last night.

“Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.”

The Northern Echo: Fire response at CoHo, DurhamFire response at CoHo, Durham (Image: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT)


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CoHo manager David English said last night: "There has been a fire. We don't know where, what, when or how at this point.

"We are waiting for CCTV and for the police to turn up to see what they can tell us. It's lucky no-one was hurt really. It could have been particularly nasty."

Whilst the bar was closed at the time of the fire, it is expected to be open again on Tuesday.