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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Factory Blaze on Newstead Industrial Estate

Firefighters have spent the night tackling a fire at a disused factory on Kings Court, Newstead Industrial Estate, Newstead, Blurton in Stoke-on-Trent.

The emergency call was received at 1.46am this morning and at the height of the incident approximately 70 firefighters tackled the blaze. Ten fire engines came from Longton, Newcastle, Hanley, Kidsgrove, Cheadle, Stone, Burslem, along with a number of specialist appliances from across the county.

"This morning a fire is still burning in part of the building and crews are expected to remain at the incident for the rest of the day. A fire investigation has started to establish the cause of the fire; however the investigation is likely to be prolonged due to the building being structurally unsafe at the moment."

Assistant Area Commander for Stoke-on-Trent, Ruth Watchorn-Rice

The incident involved a disused factory, approximately 70 metres by 100 metres that was well alight when crews arrived. A high volume pump was used to pump water from the Trent & Mersey Canal to supplement the water being used to tackle the fire. Two aerial ladder platforms were used to tackle the fire from above.

Assistant Area Commander for Stoke-on-Trent, Ruth Watchorn-Rice, who is at the incident today said: “The fire was tackled externally, due to the severity of the blaze. We needed so many crews at the incident because there was a risk of the fire spreading to other operational factories that were in close proximity. The overnight crews did a great job though and prevented the fire from affecting the surrounding businesses.

“This morning a fire is still burning in part of the building and crews are expected to remain at the incident for the rest of the day. A fire investigation has started to establish the cause of the fire; however the investigation is likely to be prolonged due to the building being structurally unsafe at the moment.”

Relief crews were brought in from across the county overnight and later this morning the incident is due to be scaled down to just four engines, along with two aerial ladder platforms and one high volume pump.