Firefighters from Cleveland Fire Brigade were called to the scene at around 7pm on Thursday evening (13 June) after a fire which is believed to have started at the back of the building, which has been empty since 2017, spread throughout the rest of the property.
The fire was brought under control and the blaze had died down by 6am this morning, however smoke is still seen to be billowing from the building.
Joe Flounders, duty officer at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “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 were possible, to apprehend the culprit.
“I would just like to take this opportunity to thank Cleveland Police and the North East Ambulance Service for their support during the incident, and the other partners who attended and supported us to bring to incident to a successful conclusion.”
Cleveland Police has also launched an appeal for information on any suspicious people or vehicles at the site in the hours before the blaze started, which was around 7pm on Thursday night.
We are currently dealing with a large scale incident at Marton Country Club, Middlesbrough – road closures in place, we recommend avoiding the area! pic.twitter.com/eGhtlckhfQ
— Cleveland Fire UK (@ClevelandFB) 13 June 2019
Well Done @ClevelandFB
Thanks for your brave efforts tonight to fight the dreadful fire at Marton Country Club.
Some neighbouring properties have been evacuated but i believe no one is hurt.
MBro council are on site and will be offering accommodation solutions pic.twitter.com/lPsErAEwXz
— Andy Preston Mayor (@Tees_Issues) June 13, 2019