Tyne & Wear

Man arrested on suspicion of murder after Birtley blaze

Fire scene
Image caption Police said officers were deployed to the Robsons Way area to reassure residents

A woman has died following a fire on Tyneside.

The victim's body was found by firefighters as they battled to extinguish flames at a property on Robsons Way, Birtley, in Gateshead, shortly after midnight.

A 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, Northumbria Police said.

Officers are conducting house-to-house inquiries as their investigation continues.

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