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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Blurton Building Fire Started Deliberately

19/6/2012

A fire which ripped through a disused working men’s club on the Newstead Industrial Estate in Blurton last night was deliberately started.

"We will do everything in our power to help Staffordshire Police bring those responsible to justice – arson is a serious crime, it endangers many lives and ties up emergency services for hours."

Station Manager, Rob Barber

Over 25 firefighters from Longton, Hanley, Newcastle and Cheadle were tackling the blaze at the Old Mill Working Men’s Club and Institute on Sherbourne Close.

The Fire Service was alerted to the fire by numerous members of the public at around 8.37pm and four main jets were needed to bring the fire under control.

Smoke and flames could be seen from miles around and local residents were advised to keep windows and doors shut whilst firefighters dealt with the fire.

The incident was scaled down at around midnight last night with one crew from Cheadle and the aerial ladder platform from Stafford remaining on scene overnight damping down.

Station Manager, Rob Barber said: "The building was well alight when we arrived on scene and took around three and a half hours to extinguish. We then had two appliances remain on scene overnight monitoring hotspots and continuing to damp down so that a fire investigation could take place this morning.

"We have carried out our investigations and have gathered enough evidence to support a conclusion that this fire was started deliberately.

"We will do everything in our power to help Staffordshire Police bring those responsible to justice – arson is a serious crime, it endangers many lives and ties up emergency services for hours."

A crew from Longton still remain on scene; the building will now need to be demolished due to its structural instability.