Firefighters have dealt with a significant fire at a derelict building in Crewe.
Shortly after 3pm Cheshire Fire Service received reports of a blaze at a former youth club on land off Mirion Street.
On arrival crews found the building, measuring approximately 40 metres by 30 metres was well alight with flames coming through the roof and large plumes of smoke coming off the site.
They worked quickly to surround the fire and prevent it spreading to nearby properties.
Five fire engines from Crewe, Nantwich, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel and Northwich were sent to the scene and residents in the Queen Street and Henry Street were being advised to stay indoors and keep windows closed while the fire was tackled.
Crews began fighting the fire from the outside using four hose reel jets and then broke into the rear of the building to assist in firefighting.
Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building to carry out precautionary checks to ensure the property was empty.
Cheshire Fire Service drafted in a hydraulic platform and began being used to dampen and extinguish remaining hotspots from above.
Aproximately 18:30 the number of fire engines began to be scaled back to three but crews remained at the scene for some time to ensure the fire was fully extinguished.
Cheshire Fire Service are treating this fire as suspicious and working with Cheshire Police to find whoever is responsible.
Please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have any information about the incident.
Cheshire Fire Service use a hydraulic platform
Below: Aerial video footage of the Mirion Street fire supplied by tweetbang Media