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Man given hospital order following 'significant fire' at George Bryan Centre

March 25 2020

A man has been given an indefinite hospital order after a jury found that he started a fire at the George Bryan Centre in Tamworth last year.

I would describe the scene as the most dynamic, unusual and complicated incident scene that he has ever seen.

Watch Manager Richard Taylor

Zoltan Rozsa, 44, of no fixed address, appeared at Stafford Crown Court on 16 March.

Tamworth One (White Watch) responded to reports of a room fire at the hospital at 8.55pmon 11 February last year. A second pump from Sutton (West Midlands Fire Service) also attended. On arrival crews were faced with a rapidly escalating fire and an evacuation of many vulnerable patients.

Based on medical evidence, the defendant was found not fit to enter a plea.

He previously appeared at the same court for a trial of facts on 4 February. Judge Michael Chambers QC instructed jurors that they would need to decide whether Mr Rozsa “set the fire at the George Bryan Centre”. The jury found that Rozsa did start the fire.

Watch Manager Richard Taylor said: “I would describe the scene as the most dynamic, unusual and complicated incident scene that he has ever seen.

“I believe that no fatalities or injuries is as a direct result of the first and immediate actions of NHS staff and first attending crews.”

Chief Fire Officer, Becci Bryant, said: “The damage from the fire was significant with and left to its own devices this could have been catastrophic. Anyone who endangers the lives of others by starting a fire deliberately is likely to go to prison.”