A MAN in his 60s was found dead in his home following a fire last night.

Police were called to a report of a fire at an address on Stephens Road, South Bank, Middlesbrough, at 7.55pm yesterday evening, Friday.

A man, believed to be in his early 60s, was found dead in the house following a small fire.

A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: "Our thoughts remain with the man’s family and friends at this difficult time.

"Inquiries are ongoing in relation to the cause of the fire and officers are asking anyone who may have information to get in touch.

Police believe that a number of people gathered outside the property as the fire was ongoing and officers would like to ask those people to get in touch."

A joint police and fire investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Temporary DCI Jon Tapper by calling the non-emergency number 101, quoting event number 219188.