Passersby could hold the key to finding a suspected arsonist who set light to a Wearside home.
Detectives have issued a new appeal for information following the blaze at an address in Sea Road, Fulwell, on Sunday, May 31.
This was a serious incident that could have ended far more tragically if it had not been for the good work of police and the fire service.Detective Inspector Paul Stewart
The fire happened between 1.40am and 1.50am, with the only occupant, a 25-year-old woman, helped from the property by firefighters.
She was and taken to hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
People passing the property and may have seen something which could help investigations have been urged to get in touch, with a man wearing dark clothing a lead in their inquiry.
Detective Inspector Paul Stewart said: “This was a serious incident that could have ended far more tragically if it had not been for the good work of police and the fire service.
“A number of cars were travelling on Sea Road at the time of the offence and I believe that somebody may have seen the suspect immediately before or after he committed the offence.
“I want to appeal to anyone who saw anybody acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the fire to get in touch, specifically a male who was wearing dark clothing.
“Any information, no matter how small you think it may be, could help bring the offender to justice.”
Anyone witnesses, or anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time of the incident, should contact police on 101 extension 69191 quoting reference 153 31/05/15 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.