Marton Hotel and Country Club near Middlesbrough is to be demolished following a huge blaze.
Firefighters battled the fire at the abandoned hotel on Thursday 13th June with Footage showing thick black smoke billowing from the rear of the building, which closed in October 2017.
The building has now been secured and demolition is underway. However, some of the evacuated residents have been unable to return home.
Three fire engines and an ambulance attended the scene. However, it is unclear if anyone has been injured during the blaze, which is now believed to have been started deliberately.
Joe Flounders, Duty Officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade, stated
“Currently we believe that the incident was caused deliberately, and we will be working with our colleagues at Cleveland Police to assist in their investigation and where possible, to apprehend the culprit”
Witnesses told the Evening Gazette that the fire was concentrated in the area where the ballroom was situated.
Marton Road was closed in both directions. Northbound traffic was diverted on to the A174 Parkway while the Fire Brigade extinguished the blaze.
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