THUGS smashed a window before setting a house alight this morning.
Police were called to Shrewsbury Crescent, in Springwell, after the blaze tore through the house at about 2.20am.
No-one was injured and it is unknown at this stage if anyone was inside the house.
Detectives have launched an investigation into the attack, which they are treating as arson.
Patrols have also been stepped up in the area to reassure residents.
It is not thought to be linked to an arson attack on a home in Stockley Road, in Barmston, that took place on Saturday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ex 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.