A SUSPECTED burglar broke into a house and set it alight.
Police have launched an investigation after fire crews found a crowbar and other tools outside a smashed window at Valley Court, Hendon, this morning.
Firefighters from Sunderland East Community Fire Station were called to tackle the blaze at about 12.45am.
They discovered the sofa in the living room had been set alight, causing a fire to sweep through the living room and kitchen.
There was no one in the flat at the time.
Sunderland police have been called in to investigate the incident, which is being treated as suspicious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 03456 043 043.