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People Rescued In Newcastle Unit Block Inferno

One woman was taken to hospital..

People Rescued In Newcastle Unit Block Inferno Tahlia Sarv (NBN News)

Fire has ripped through a block of units in The Hill overnight, leaving one person in hospital.

The blaze broke out in a two-storey public housing complex in Newcomen Street just before 8:30pm, destroying one unit and damaging several others.

Firefighters rescued several people, after finding them hanging out the window due to the thick smoke.

"All I heard was someone yelling fire, fire, fire! I went outside the stairwell and the place was full of smoke," resident Lars Tryk told Seven News.

A woman was taken to John Hunter Hospital suffering smoke inhalation and a cut to her hand.

The fire is being treated as suspicious, and is believed to have started from an oven deliberately being left on.

A 30 year old woman was arrested at the scene for unrelated matters, including breaching an AVO.