Firefighters have tackled a blaze at a derelict building on Water Street, Newcastle overnight.
"Whoever was responsible has not only put their own life at risk they have also put the lives of the firefighters at risk."
Station Manager, Carl Mason
The incident involved a single storey building on a site previously used as a builder’s yard. Four fire engines from Newcastle, Hanley and Sandyford and an aerial ladder platform from Longton were sent to the incident shortly before midnight. On their arrival the fire had already broken through the roof space of the building, which measured ten metres by six metres.
Station Manager, Carl Mason said: "The majority of the fire was tackled externally, however we did need to send firefighters into the building at one point to search for any potential casualties - they were later withdrawn though due to parts of the building collapsing.
"We’ve established that the fire was started deliberately. Whoever was responsible has not only put their own life at risk they have also put the lives of the firefighters at risk."
It took firefighters two hours to bring the fire fully under control. Crews left the incident at approximately 2.45am before returning at 8am to carry out a re-inspection.
Anyone with information on how the fire was started is urged to contact Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 4455 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.