Police checking video footage for Hartlepool Snooker Centre fire clues

The aftermath of the Hartlepool Snooker Club fire. Pictures by Tom Collins.
The aftermath of the Hartlepool Snooker Club fire. Pictures by Tom Collins.

POLICE are checking CCTV in the area of a snooker club that was destroyed when a blaze ripped through the building.

Cleveland Police are continuing to investigate the fire which broke out at Hartlepool Snooker Club, in Green Street, off Burn Road, which was used by hundreds of town snooker players.

And officers say that they are now scouring through CCTV camera footage from the vicinity of the club for any clues as to how the fire was started.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Officers are still carrying out investigations into the fire at Hartlepool Snooker Club and are in the process of checking CCTV footage from the area.”

The blaze broke out shortly after 3.30am on Sunday, March 9.

In total, 24 firefighters fought the flames at the club with two crews from Stranton Fire Station 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.

After several hours of crews damping down the building and a section of the A689 being cordoned off with the building deemed unsafe, the decision was made to start pulling the building down as it was deemed unsafe.

Several businesses beneath the snooker club were affected by the incident, including Stag Tyres which has now moved to new premises behind Tesco in Lower Oxford Street, Hartlepool, and opened on Monday.

Cleveland Fire Brigade and Cleveland Police started an initial investigation, but that has been placed solely into the hands of police officers.