An inquiry is under way after a blaze was started deliberately, leaving a car badly damaged.
Police were called to Tilbury Road in Thorney Close, Sunderland, at 11.50pm yesterday.
A BMW 7 Series was found on fire in the street.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: "It is thought the fire was started deliberately and the incident is being treated as arson.
"Officers are carrying out inquiries and anyone with information is asked to get in touch."
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.