Cottage fire probe

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POLICE are investigating a suspected arson attack at a house in Sunderland.

Firefighters were called to Hendon Valley Road at 5am yesterday following reports the single-storey cottage was on fire.

Crews discovered fires had been started in the bedroom of the property, as well as the living room.

A bed and settee were destroyed in the blaze and the property suffered heavy smoke damage.

The property to was empty. A police investigation into the cause of the fire is now under way.