A CAR blaze took firefighters more than an hour to tackle after the vehicle was set alight.
The Fiat Punto was parked in Carlyon Street, Ashbrooke, at 12.30am when it was targeted.
A team of firefighters from Sunderland Central were at the scene until 1.30am putting out the blaze, which was made difficult because the vehicle’s fuel tank had ruptured.
Officers wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels put out the fire.
Anyone with information is asked call Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.