Police hunting suspected arsonist after Sunderland house fire

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POLICE are appealing for information after a house fire in Sunderland.

Crews were called to Windsor Drive at about 11.45pm on Saturday, where they quickly tackled the blaze and no one was injured.

Police are treating the fire as arson and an investigation is now underway.

A man wearing dark clothes was seen running from Windsor Drive onto Rutland Avenue and then into Cavendish Place at around the time of the fire.

Detective Sergeant Kevin Dipper said: “We are appealing to people to contact us if they saw anything suspicious in the area at around that time or if they have any information about the incident.

“We would also like to speak to the man who was seen in the vicinity at the time of the incident as he may have valuable information that could help with the investigation.”

Any witnesses are asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.