POLICE are investigating a suspected arson attack at a house in Sunderland.
Firefighters were called to Hendon Valley Road at 5am yesterday following reports the single-storey cottage was on fire.
Crews discovered fires had been started in the bedroom of the property, as well as the living room.
A bed and settee were destroyed in the blaze and the property suffered heavy smoke damage.
The property to was empty. A police investigation into the cause of the fire is now under way.