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Police are investigating after a house was set on fire while two adults and a child were inside.
Officers believe the fire was started deliberately and began after an accelerant was put through the letter box.
It happened at 1.30am this morning (21 September) in Bamburgh Close in Washington.
There were three people, two adults and a child, in the house at the time.
They managed to escape uninjured.
The fire is being treated as arson and police are appealing for witnesses.
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