Northumbria Police have arrested a man following a house fire in North Shields in which a woman and four children were in the property.

Emergency crews raced to Guisborough Drive at 2.05am Saturday, June 14

Officers attended the scene where a woman and four children had escaped the property unharmed. They stayed in alternative accommodation overnight.

No-one else was injured as a result of the fire.

Investigations into the cause of the fire, believed to have started in the loft of the house, are continuing today.

Police have arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of arson. He is currently helping with enquiries.

Officers are keen to speak to any witnesses or anyone with information which could assist the ongoing investigation.

People can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 169 14/06/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.