A SUSPICIOUS fire broke out at a flat in South Shields last night.
Police are appealing for information after the blaze at a ground floor flat in Cormorant House, in Laygate.
The fire started at around 11.35pm.
No one was inside the flat at the time.
A 29-year-old man is currently helping police with inquiries.
Anyone who was in the area at the time or may have seen anyone acting suspiciously, should contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 1139 04/01/14.