Blaze at Royal Stoke University Hospital was arson

AN investigation has found the blaze at the Royal Stoke University Hospital last night was started deliberately.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service sent more than 30 firefighters to the hospital shortly before six o’clock, following reports of a fire in the main building.

Fire service personnel assisted hospital staff in evacuating the patients from the building.

Staffordshire 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 in 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 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 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.”