An arson attack in Ashington left two people needing hospital treatment over night.
At 3.08am this morning, Tuesday April 23, police received a report of a fire at an address in Portia Street in the town.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service attended and the occupants were brought out of the house safely but were taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation before being discharged.
Neighbouring properties either side were also evacuated as a precaution.
Fire investigators are working to establish the cause of the fire, but initial enquiries suggest it was started when a wheelie bin next to the property was set on fire causing a window of the house to ignite.
It’s believed the wheelie bin was set on fire deliberately and police are treating it as arson.
Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce, said: “This was a distressing incident for the occupants of the house.
“Extra officers will be in the area to both reassure residents and to carry out enquiries into the fire and make sure those who are responsible are apprehended.”
Officers are appealing for anyone who may have any information about who is responsible to contact them on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.