A BLAZE which started at the front of a former Peterlee club is believed to be arson.
Crews from Peterlee fire station were called to the empty Peterlee Sports and Social Club in Ellison Road at 7.20pm on Monday.
A board had been ripped from the window and a seat had been pushed up against the building and set on fire.
When firefighters arrived police were already at the scene and had managed to put out the fire.
An investigation into the fire is underway.