Arson investigation launched after shed set on fire in South Shields

An arson investigation is ongoing after an out building was set on fire outside a South Shields property.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 10:23 am

Emergency services were called to Wenlock Road on Sunday, March 28, where the building had been set on fire.

Inquiries into the incident are ongoing but Northumbria Police has confirmed they are treating the fire as a suspected arson attack.

Officers are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

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An investigation is ongoing following a shed fire which is being treated as arson

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Shortly after 7.05am on Sunday we received a report a shed had been set on fire at a property on Wenlock Road, South Shields.

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“Officers and emergency services attended the scene and enquiries are ongoing, but the incident is being treated as arson.

“Anyone with information is asked to get in touch with police by calling 101 or using the Tell us Something page on our website using log 254 2800321.”

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the shed and a rear ground floor window at the property were destroyed in the fire.

A spokesman for the brigade said: “We can confirm attendance of a house fire on Sunday March 28 at Wenlock Road, South Shields.

“Three appliances were in attendance - two from South Shields Community Fire Station and one from Hebburn Community Fire Station.

“The first appliance was on the scene at 6.42am.

“The source of the fire was an outhouse (shed) that received 100% fire damage. There was 100% damage to a rear ground floor window and 50% damage to the guttering and fascias.

“Two wheelie bins were also destroyed with light smoke damage to the property.

“Appliances left the scene at 7.30am.”

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