Firefighters tackle major blaze at former Wesley nightclub in Hartlepool town centre.

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Firefighters have been called to a blaze at the former Wesley nightclub and church in Hartlepool.

The fire was reported to Stranton Fire Station and saw several firefighters called to tackle the blaze at around 8.30pm.

Picture by Bernadette Malcolmson.

Picture by Bernadette Malcolmson.

Flames could be seen around 20ft above the roof of the former Wesleyan Church.

Cleveland Police are on scene with Cleveland Fire Brigade and it is believed no one is injured at this time.

At its height five fire engines were called to the scene along with a command control unit, two hydraulic platforms and a welfare unit.

Firefighters were tackling the blaze using the platforms to get closer to the flames in the roof space and upper floor of the building.

Picture by Bernadette Malcolmson.

Picture by Bernadette Malcolmson.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Fire Brigade said: "The incident involved an unoccupied building fire in the roof.

"The fire brigade is fighting the fire from outside of the building."

Victoria Road and Wesley Square were closed and people were advised to avoid these areas until further notice.

Police say inquiries are ongoing.

Picture by Bernadette Malcolmson.

Picture by Bernadette Malcolmson.

Onlookers could be seen around the area watching the operation as it unfolded.

The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage is not yet known..

Picture by Bernadette Malcolmson.

Picture by Bernadette Malcolmson.

Picture by Tom Collins.

Picture by Tom Collins.