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News Release

House fire

Dated: 17 Feb 2012

Police are appealing for witnesses after a house was set on fire in Sunderland.

It happened at 12.50am in the early hours of Wednesday morning (February 15), police received a report of a fire at an address in Villette Path. No-one was in the property at the time and no-one was injured. Damage has been caused to the property.

It's believed the fire was started deliberately and police are treating it as arson. Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have any information or may have seen anything suspicious in the area at that time.

Acting Detective Sergeant Simon Dobson, said: "It's been established the fire was started deliberately and we'd urge anyone who may know anything about it to contact police immediately."

Acting Inspector Ged Fairclough, who covers Hendon, said: "Extra uniformed officers will be in the area to answer any concerns residents may have and reassure the community. We'd urge any members of the community who may have any information to contact police."

Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.