Arson ruled out in Sunderland blaze

Police say they have ruled out arson in a major Sunderland house fire.

Friday, 20th January 2017, 1:50 pm
Updated Friday, 20th January 2017, 1:57 pm
Firefighters at the scene of yesterday's blaze in Croft Avenue

Smoke and flames could be seen coming from the top floor of a terraced house in Croft Avenue, behind the Chester's pub, yesterday afternoon.

Seven fire appliances, including an aerial ladder platform, and 28 firefighters attended the two-storey building.

Firefighters at the scene of yesterday's blaze in Croft Avenue

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No one was injured.

Lynn Carter, from Ford Estate, captured the drama on video while out shopping at about 2pm.

The 50-year-old domestic said: "I was at Aldi and I saw a bit of smoke when I was walking along Chester Road.

"I walked past the street and the smoke got thicker and thicker."

Firefighters at the scene of yesterday's blaze in Croft Avenue

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: "The fire is not being treated as arson at this stage."