EMERGENCY services were called to a home on Kendall Street, Tarrawanna after reports of a fire about 6pm on Wednesday.
Fire & Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze. No one was at home at the time.
Wollongong police established a crime scene and forensic examinations are being conducted. Investigations into the fire, including whether there are any suspicious circumstances, are continuing.
The resident later attended Wollongong Police Station to report a stolen vehicle.
The blue Ford Falcon sedan with the NSW registration BNF 58U was last seen at the property in the morning. About 1am today (Thursday), a 41-year-old man was arrested and the stolen vehicle was recovered. He has since been released pending further inquiries. It is not yet known whether the incidents are linked.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000