A joint fire and police investigation has revealed that a major blaze at a factory in Fenton was started deliberately.
"This morning we carried out a joint investigation with the police forensics team to determine the cause of this severe blaze. The incident has been classed as deliberate ignition."
Fire Investigation Officer Kelvin Knapper
The incident is thought to have originated in a scout hut, measuring approximately 20m x 10m, which was completely destroyed as a result of the blaze.
The fire then spread to the nearby Koch Glitsch factory on King Street which suffered fire and smoke damage to both the ground and first floors.
The first appliance arrived at the scene at 11.25pm yesterday and the last left at 2.48am today.
Two appliances and the Aerial Ladder Platform from Longton attended the incident along with two crews from Hanley and one each from Newcastle, Sandyford and Loggerheads.
The Command Support Vehicle from Stone and the Welfare Vehicle from Newcastle were also called to the scene.
Firefighters used two main jets and one hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze and used two breathing apparatus during the operation.
Fire Investigation Officer Kelvin Knapper said: "This morning we carried out a joint investigation with the police forensics team to determine the cause of this severe blaze. The incident has been classed as deliberate ignition.
"Incidents such as this can have many devastating consequences. They not only put the lives of firefighters at risk, they can also put members of the public in danger. Those responsible for deliberately setting fires may also divert vital frontline resources away from other incidents, potentially costing lives."
Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 802 of February 24, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.