POLICE have launched an inquiry after an arson at a house in Sunderland.
The fire brigade was called to a fire at an empty property in Somerset Street, at 2.44am, on Sunday.
They put out the blaze which investigators say is believed to have been started maliciously. No one was inside the house.
Police say a number of people were seen in the street near to the house before the fire started and are appealing for these individuals, and for anyone with information, to speak to officers.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, and quote log number 236 of 23/11/14, or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.