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22 February 2012, 07:52 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
Police are appealing for witnesses after a suspected arson at a house in Newcastle.
It happened at around 9.12pm on Monday, February 20th at a terraced property on Scrogg Road.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but it caused extensive damage to the property, which was extinguished by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service officers.
No one was inside the address at the time of the incident and no-one was injured.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
They are interested in locating a white man described as in his late 20s or early 30s, between 5ft 3ins and 5ft 4ins tall. He was wearing a black hat with a red shiny rim, and a leather jacket.
Detective Sgt Andy Fairlamb said:
"This was a serious incident which could have had a far more serious outcome. As it is the fire was put out swiftly and no-one was injured.
"We're carrying out a number of enquiries to try to trace those responsible. "
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.