House fire treated as arson
Dated: 05 May 2012
Emergency services were called to a house fire at an address in Stainton Gardens, Gateshead at 00.54 hours on Saturday, May 5.
The fire was extinguished by the fire service and the house was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
Following enquiries carried out at the scene, it has been established that the fire was caused maliciously and the fire is being treated as arson.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or to ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.