Police and fire chiefs to probe cause of Wesley nightclub blaze

Police and fire officers will team up to establish whether the fire which tore through the former Wesley building was started on purpose.

The fire in the former nightclub and church in Wesley Square began at around 8.30pm yesterday, with two appliances from Stranton and a hydraulic platform from Saltburn called in to fight the blaze.

Firefighters carry out a check of the building's roof today.

Firefighters carry out a check of the building's roof today.

Crews returned today at 8.20am after the roof collapsed.

A structural engineer has carried out an assessment of the building.

Cleveland Fire Brigade has now confirmed it has been "deemed safe to enter" with the inquiries between its officers and police ongoing.

Confirmation the fire was completely out was made at 12.30pm.

The roof of the building collapsed earlier today following last night's blaze.

The roof of the building collapsed earlier today following last night's blaze.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police added: "We are working with the fire service to determine whether the fire is suspicious or not."

She added officers will remain at the scene to ensure people keep a safe distance from the building, with the roads to remain closed until it is declared safe.

Anyone with information which could help police can call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Cleveland Brigade remains at the scene today.

Cleveland Brigade remains at the scene today.