House fire 'started in burglary' in Billingham

An investigation is under way after a fire was started in a house in Billingham.

Police believe someone broke into the house on Sedgemoor Way and started the blaze at about 05:50 BST on Saturday.

The couple who live their managed to put it out themselves. Their children were staying with relatives at the time it happened.

Officers are investigating the fire, along with the theft of a handbag, purse and bank cards at the same time.

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