A Firefighter suffered a badly bruised and bloodied nose after he was hit in the face, while a second was whacked in the side of the head and a third crew member head butted in an attempt to stop them from putting out a blaze within a property.
Fire crews from Sunderland Central, Farringdon and Rainton Bridge were called out at 4.40pm on Wednesday, April 5, following reports of a house fire in Railway Terrace North, in New Herrington.
The crews were able to restrain the assailant to stop the attack whilst awaiting the arrival of Northumbria Police officers,
Police arrested two men and a woman in connection with the incident.
In total three firefighters were injured attending a fire which is believed to have been started deliberately.