Blaze investigation begins

Firefighters in Scarborough raced to the blaze in the early hours of Friday. Officals are now investigating the cause.
Firefighters in Scarborough raced to the blaze in the early hours of Friday. Officals are now investigating the cause.

Fire chiefs are investigating the cause of a blaze in Scarborough, which resulted in a man being rushed to hospital.

Crews battled the fire at a commercial property in Durham Place in the early hours of Friday May 3.

Engines raced to the scene after they received two calls at approximately 12.40am, including one from an occupant of the premises.

Upon the arrival of the fire brigade, the occupant, a male, had fled the burning building.

The man, aged in his fifties, was then rushed off to Scarborough Hospital after inhaling smoke from the flames.

Meanwhile, firecrews battled their way through the fire using breathing apparatus and hi-tech thermal imaging cameras to extinguish the flames, which had started on the ground floor.

This caused fire damage to approximately 50sqm of the property, with the additional 50sqm of the ground floor suffering smoke damage.

The smoke damage also extended throughout the first floor which was used as storage and living quarters.

Fire Investigation Officer are now revisiting the incident in order to determine the cause of the blaze.

Officials say that the smoke inhalation suffered by the man was not that serious, and was discharged from hospital a short time later.