Probe into flat blaze

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ARSONISTS struck at an empty flat in a Sunderland suburb.

The fire at The Elms, in Ashbrooke, was reported to police shortly before 6am yesterday morning, with firefighters called to put out the blaze.

 Detectives say the fire was started deliberately and have begun an investigation, with officers wanting to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious.

 Anyone with information is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.