A significant fire has broke out this afternoon at the derelict Turford Social Club in the Brambles Farm area of Middlesbrough. Cleveland Fire Brigade confirmed that the building was “well alight” upon their arrival, with flames affecting both the ground and first floors.

“We are aware of an ongoing incident at a derelict building on Turford Avenue, Brambles Farm in Middlesbrough,” Cleveland Fire Brigade said in a statement. “If you live close by, for your safety, we strongly recommend keeping all doors and windows closed for the next couple of hours as we deal with the situation.”

Currently, 17 firefighters are tackling the blaze, utilising two hose reels and an aerial platform. Gas engineers are also present on the scene. While there are no initial reports of injuries, firefighters were unable to immediately confirm that the building was unoccupied.

Cleveland Police have closed Turford Avenue due to the fire. “Please avoid the area and use an alternative route whilst the incident is dealt with,” a spokesperson advised.

Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid are also on scene with Northern Gas Networks preparing to dig up the pavement to disconnect the gas pipes that supply the property. It is believed that Northern Powergrid have a substation on the same site.

A local resident told TeesPix.Photos that the club had been derelict for a long time, and that it isn’t the first fire in the building. He added that the building would be best off being pulled down.

The site was sold by Middlesbrough Council as a development opportunity in 2023, and is now believed to be owned by S Owen Property Rentals Limited.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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