Investigation into arson attack on Sunderland home

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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 today 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.

At first fire officers thought there were people inside the home but a search revealed the property to be empty.

A police investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway.