A MAN has been bailed by police after he was arrested on suspicion of causing an arson attack at a house in Sunderland.
As reported in the Echo, a woman had to be taken to hospital after a terraced cottage in Hendon Burn Avenue, Hendon, was set alight at about 10.30pm on Monday.
A 35-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing arson with intent to endanger life has been bailed pending further inquiries.Northumbria Police spokeswoman
The 36-year-old and a man, aged 35, were rescued from the house by firefighters.
She was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle for treatment for the effects of smoke inhalation, where she remains and is said to be in a stable condition.
Police arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, after investigators at the scene found that the fire was started by deliberately using an accelerant. A 14-year-old girl helped raise the alarm, while next-door neighbour Shaun Clark, 30, kicked in the door of the burning home to try to reach those inside before he was overpowered by smoke.
Shaun, his partner Ashley Fowler, 26, and their daughter Hannah, eight, fled their home and watched as the emergency services arrived.
Two appliances from Sunderland Central Community Fire Station and one from Farringdon Community Fire Station attended the scene to put out the blaze.
Shaun said: “The lass next door knocked on us and I went and kicked the door in and I wanted to make sure no one was in there.
“The smoke was thick and black, it was scary.
“But I couldn’t get in, the smoke was overpowering.
“The fire brigade came and they went in.
“We saw the man and woman being brought out and they were in ambulances.
“She looked dead, but we know she wasn’t, and they looked like they were unconscious and then conscious.”
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Inquiries are ongoing into the incident.
“A 35-year-old man arrested on suspicion of causing arson with intent to endanger life has been bailed pending further inquiries.
“The woman is in a stable condition which is not believed to be life-threatening.”