Tyne & Wear

Sunderland Wickes fire 'started deliberately'

A fire at a DIY store in Sunderland was started deliberately, police have said.

More than 30 firefighters were called to Wickes on the A1231, Wessington Way, at about 01:25 GMT and used four hose reels and two jets on the fire.

It was extinguished by about 03:15 GMT. Police said the fire was started in rear yard of the store and caused damage.

Officers, who are appealing for witnesses, said an investigation into the incident is at an early stage.

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