Emergency services called to fire at derelict Stoke-on-Trent children’s home


Police and firefighters were called to a fire at a derelict children’s home in Stoke-on-Trent.

A member of the Staffordshire Police Specials – a team of volunteer cops – was in the Longton area tonight when they spotted plumes of smoke visible across the town.

They managed to track down the source to a former children’s home in Malborough Road.

The quick-thinking volunteer then called the fire service along with warranted offers.

A Staffordshire Police Special spokesman said: “While off duty a special constable came across plumes of smoke, using his policeman’s nose he discovered a fire at the old children’s home in Longton.

“Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire Police response officers promptly called and on scene to deal with the fire.”

Firefighters confirmed two pumps and the specialist aerial platform attended the scene.

A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “The call came in to us around 8.10pm.

“We sent three appliances, two fire engines from Longton as well as the aerial platform.

“The fire is now out and we’re just ventilating the scene.

“There is no indication of cause but it is a derelict building.”

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