Elderly pair escape suspected arson blaze in Middlesbrough

Two elderly women were rescued from sheltered accommodation on Teesside after a suspected arson attack.

The women were living next to a ground floor flat in Saltersgill Close, Middlesbrough, where furniture left outside was set alight on Saturday.

Both women, who are in their 80s, were treated for minor injuries and their homes suffered some smoke damage.

A police and fire service inquiry is ongoing, but the incident is being treated as suspicious.

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