STAFF and residents were evacuated when fire broke out at specialist care home in Cheadle last night.
Firefighters from Cheadle and Longton tackled the blaze which caused extensive damage to a first-floor apartment at the Woodhouse Independent Hospital in Lockwood Road.
The 48-bed care facility caters for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.
No-one was injured but one resident was checked over by paramedics as a precaution.
Fire crews were despatched to the incident shortly after 8.40pm and police were later called after an investigation established the fire was started deliberately.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “The nursing home has chosen to deal with the matter internally so no police involvement was deemed necessary.”