Emergency services were called to the fire at 1030 on Saturday evening in Hartlepool.
Police have now confirmed they’ve launched an investigation.
No one was hurt in the fire which happened in the unoccupied house.
Police officers put local road closures in place along Burbank Street & Clark Street while firefighters were dealing with the blaze in the roof of the disused house.
Local residents have said that the property has been subjected to vandalism and regularly had windows smashed while it stood empty.
Fire fighters used hose reals on the front and back of the property.
Roof of a property is currently on fire Clark Street / Burbank Street in Hartlepool as crews from @ClevelandFB are currently in attendance @ClevelandPolice currently have road closures in place. pic.twitter.com/mx31KJEhAR— Trevor Sherwood (@TrevSherwoodPH) December 18, 2021
A Cleveland spokesperson has said “At 10.40pm on Saturday police were notified by fire brigade colleagues of a fire in derelict property on Burbank Street, Hartlepool.
At that stage officers were not required to attend however scenes of crime officers attended the following day to begin investigations into the cause of the blaze.
Road closures remain in place on Clark Street / Burbank Street in Hartlepool as crews from @ClevelandFB are currently in attendance @ClevelandPolice currently have road closures in place. pic.twitter.com/4WCMzxrTY3— Trevor Sherwood (@TrevSherwoodPH) December 18, 2021
While further inquiries by police and fire are needed, the fire is currently being treated as suspicious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the 101 number quoting Ref 214634.
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online www.crimestoppers-uk.org “