Fire in outhouse

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A FLAT had to be evacuated after vandals set fire to an outhouse.

Firefighters from Sunderland East station were called to Argyle Square, in Thornhill, at 5am today.

Vandals had set fire to a brick outhouse, measuring three metres square, which was being used to store old mattresses.

One man living in a nearby flat had to be evacuated while it was cleared of smoke.

The outhouse was destroyed in the blaze.