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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Stoke-on-Trent Fire Treated as Arson

Kai, West Midlands Fire Service fire investigation dog
Kai, West Midlands Fire Service fire investigation dog

A large fire in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent is believed to have been caused deliberately.

“This fire was really difficult to access. The damage to the building meant it was unsafe for firefighters to enter the premises and as a result it took longer to get the fire under control and damp down."

Dave Steele, Station Manager

Crews responded to reports of a fire at Cater Choice in Portland Street at around 1:50am on Monday May 8.

Appliances attended from Hanley, Sandyford, Burslem and Biddulph. The aerial platform ladder also attended from Longton and the welfare vehicle attended from Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Initially firefighters used two main jets and two breathing apparatus, working at heights equipment was also used to tackle the fire.

Throughout the day a joint investigation by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire Police has taken place. Investigators were assisted by Kai, a specialist fire investigation dog from West Midlands Fire Service (pictured).

Dave Steele, Station Manager, said: “This fire was really difficult to access. The damage to the building meant it was unsafe for firefighters to enter the premises and as a result it took longer to get the fire under control and damp down.

“Throughout the day, crews have continued to use one hose reel jet to target hotspots throughout the building.

“One appliance is likely to remain at the scene into this evening to ensure the fire is fully extinguished. However, the cordon has now been reduced so residents can access the street.

“The fire investigation established the fire was started deliberately and Staffordshire Police have begun an investigation. If you have any information please contact DC Craig Wagstaff on 101, quoting incident 51 of May 8 or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”