Body found after early hours fire in block of flats

The fire happened in Anson House this morning. Image copyright Google Maps.
The fire happened in Anson House this morning. Image copyright Google Maps.

Police have launched an investigation after a body was found in the aftermath of a flat blaze.

The fire broke out at an address in Anson House in Westdale Road in Thornaby at around 1.55am this morning.

A body has been found in the property by emergency services, and officers are currently treating the death and fire as unexplained with investigations being at an early stage.

Detectives and fire officers will be at the address while investigations continue.

Cleveland Police has said it would be usual practice for police to initially investigate a fire of this nature until a cause is identified.

The incident management unit based at Stranton Fire Station in Hartlepool was involved in the response to the blaze.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on the non-emergency number 101.