Police are treating a fire at a derelict building, which forced a neighbouring theatre to be evacuated, as ‘suspicious’.
Firefighters were called to De La Warr Road, East Grinstead, at around 1.40pm on Wednesday (December 30).
The blaze broke out in the ground floor of a 50m by 235m building and raged for more than four hours.
A spokesman for the fire service said it was 85 per cent destroyed by the flames. The building was empty and no-one was injured.
Crews from East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Horsham, along with members of the Surrey Fire Service, attended and extinguished the flames.
The fire was out at around 6.20pm.
The nearby Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre was evacuated as a precaution with performances delayed for several hours.
Firefighters along with members of Sussex Police are still investigating the scene.
A police spokesman said the investigation was at an early stage but the cause is being treated as suspicious.
Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.
Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.
1) Make our website your homepage
2) Like our Facebook page
3) Follow us on Twitter
4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.
And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!
We are always the first with your local news.
Be part of it.