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Royal Stoke Hospital fire caused by arson

Royal Stoke Hospital Fire

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Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that a fire at Royal Stoke University Hospital on June 7 was started deliberately

The Service was called to the hospital at 5.59pm to a fire in the main building and the crews used one breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.

At the height of the incident there were 30 firefighters aiding the hospital staff in evacuating the patients from the building.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber said: “The fact that this fire was deemed to be deliberate is very concerning and we are working closely with Staffordshire Police to aid their investigation into this incident.

“Due to the nature of the building and the amount of people involved, we assigned six appliances to the incident in order to deal with the fire and to help with the volume of patients who needed to be evacuated from the building.

“The professional way in which our crews dealt with the fire ensured that the fire did not spread and was contained to one area of the building.

“All services working together to ensured that the incident was dealt with quickly and patients were returned to wards as quickly as possible.

“Thankfully no one was seriously injured in the fire but one male was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

“Our crews remained at the scene throughout the night to carry out salvage operations to minimise the water damage in the affected area.”

The hospitals Accident and Emergency Department was shut as a result of the major incident being declared with patients routed to nearby hospitals.

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