A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after an early morning house blaze in Sunderland.
No one was in the house at the time – but extensive damage was caused to the door and the front of the house, while there was also smoke damage the inside the property.
Police are treating the fire as arson and are appealing for any potential witnesses to come forward. They have stepped up patrols in the area as part of the probe.
A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and remains in police custody at this time.
Any witnesses, or anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time, are asked to contact police on 101 extension 69191 quoting reference number 280 04/10/15 or the Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.