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Pictures: Wheatley Hill arson attack

Wheatley Hill arson damage. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Arson damage to house in Wheatley Hill. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Exterior of house in Wheatley Hill, damaged in an arson attack. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Five people, including two young children, escaped from a house fire, which police say was started deliberately.

Fire crews were called to the house in Wheatley Hill in County Durham at about half past one this morning (May 29).

They are treating the fire as arson and say it's lucky no one was injured.

The family say a burning missile was thrown through the front window.