Major fire at former working men’s club in Blurton was arson
FIREFIGHTERS spent close to four hours battling a major blaze after an arson attack at a former working men’s club last night.
Residents living near to the building, situated close to the Newstead Industrial Estate in Blurton, were told to close their windows after asbestos fears were raised.
A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said crews from Longton, Hanley and Newcastle were called to the building at 8.37pm.
Further assistance was required and more crews, a water carrier and an aerial ladder were also called.
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The fire was finally brought under control shortly after midnight, though crews remained on scene into the early hours of the morning.
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."