A murder investigation has been launched after a body was discovered in Sunderland.
On Tuesday 18 February, officers were alerted by the fire brigade to a blaze at an address on Tunstall Village Green. Emergency services attended and extinguished the fire, which had started inside a garage at a property and caused "significant damage".
But officers have now discovered human remains under "substantial and dense" rubble.
Police are currently treating the death as suspicious. The family of the suspected victim have been informed.
A 38-year-old man was arrested on Sunday in connection with the investigation and has since been released under investigation. Enquiries are continuing at the scene, as officers map out the events that immediately preceded the blaze.
- Detective Inspector Graeme Dodds, of Northumbria Police said: