House fire treated as arson

02 Mar 2016 16:00 PM

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Police are appealing for information after a fire at a house in Houghton.

A report was received from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service shortly after midnight this morning (Wednesday, March 2) of at a house in Waller Terrace.

Two people were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

It is believed the fire was started deliberately and the incident is being treated as arson.

Officers are carrying out enquiries and asking anyone who has information to get in contact.

Extra officers are in the area.

Acting Neighbourhood Inspector for the area, Les Goodliff, said: "Luckly the two people in the property were not seriously injured, however, they did suffer from smoke inhalation and were taken to hospital for treatment.

"We believe the fire was started deliberately and are treating the incident as arson and I would ask anyone who saw anything out of the ordinary in Waller Terrace last night to get in contact with us."

Any witnesses should ring Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 0005 020316 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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