THE cause of a devastating fire that destroyed Hartlepool Snooker Centre may never be known.
Cleveland Fire Brigade have closed their part of the investigation into the massive blaze.
The brigade says the gutted building has been left so unstable that they cannot enter it and have recorded the cause as “unknown”.
A Cleveland Fire Brigade spokesman said: “Due to the state of the building we have not been able to enter.
“As a result, the cause has been found to be unknown.”
But police are still investigating the incident and are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.
The blaze ripped through the roof of Hartlepool Snooker Club, in Green Street, in the early hours of Sunday.
In total, 24 firefighters fought the fire with two crews from Stranton joined by a team from the Headland, one from Billingham and another from Stockton, as well as the hydraulic platform and Cleveland Fire Brigade’s incident command unit.
But they were unable to save the building and demolition work began later on Sunday.
Some of England’s most talented snooker players have been left without a place to practice.
Several small businesses, including Woodworx and Stag Tyres, which form part of the same building, also suffered damage and have been forced to shut up shop for the meantime.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “The fire is currently being treated as unexplained.”
They are appealing for anyone with information about the blaze to call them on the non-emergency number 101.