Police investigating a fatal fire in Easington Lane have made further arrests as the investigation continues.
A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the fire that started at the Manor House premises on High Street in the early hours of Saturday, November 3.
Patryk Mortimer, 39, died after he was found unconscious inside the building. He was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.
Detectives leading the investigation are treating the incident as a suspected homicide, and the building remains cordoned off as enquiries continue.
Detective Chief Inspector John Bent, of Northumbria Police, said: “A thorough investigation is ongoing as we look to determine the circumstances that led to Patryk’s tragic death.
“In the last 24 hours, we have arrested a 21-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman on suspicion of murder and they are currently in police custody. A number of other individuals are also assisting police.
“More than 400 hours of CCTV footage has been seized as part of this enquiry and a team of experienced detectives are continuing to map out a chronology of events that led to the incident.
“There will continue to be an increased police presence in the local area as officers carry out enquiries and offer reassurance to the public
“I would like to thank residents for their ongoing patience and cooperation as this investigation continues. Anyone with any concerns is asked to speak to a nearby officer.”
Two men who were arrested on November 4 as part of initial enquiries remain under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 146 031118 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.