Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to an incident on Caroline Street in Longton last night where part of an unoccupied two-storey building had been deliberately set alight.
"The building is unoccupied however there was evidence of previous entry but we had to wait until the last of the fire had been extinguished before we could check internally"
The call was received just after 9.00pm and crews from Longton and Hanley were in attendance, including the aerial ladder platform from Longton. Internal access was restricted due to the stability of the building meaning the 17 firefighters had to tackle the blaze externally until a building inspector was able to attend.
A building inspector arrived on scene at 11.00pm and advised crews not to enter the building. The inspector then returned to the scene at 10:30am today for a further inspection to determine to safety of the structure.
Relief crews from Kidsgrove and Burton were later mobilised to the incident which continued into the night and remained alight until 9.00am this morning.
Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Glynn Luznyj commented: "The building is unoccupied however there was evidence of previous entry but we had to wait until the last of the fire had been extinguished before we could check internally."
"Thankfully the storage area where some paint and solvent was being kept was unaffected. The owner of the property has been informed and we would like to remind commercial property owners to carefully review their security arrangements."
The incident was closed at 10.45am this morning.
Crews from Hanley and Longton also attended another deliberate fire at a derelict building earlier in the evening. The incident involved a factory on Millvale Road in Middleport. The call came in at 7.50pm and firefighters spent over an hour tackling the flames using one hose reel jet. The incident was closed at 9.20pm.