Police have made an arrest after multiple fires were started across Stoke-on-Trent in one night.
Firefighters were called to streets across Burslem and Tunstall last night after residents spotted flames and smoke.
An eye-witness said: “I saw a drunk man setting fire to sheds in the area. The police were out looking for him. The 7-11 shop was set on fire too.
“I could just see smoke and the fire engine from down the street. My mum’s shed was set on fire too.”
Another resident said: “I got woken up about 2.30am to banging. I looked out of the window to see three police cars.”
Now officers have confirmed a 50-year-old man has been detained on suspicion of arson.
He remains in custody for questioning this afternoon as an investigation continues.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after we received reports of a number of fires in Stoke-on-Trent last night.
“Officers attended Louise Street, Burslem and Meir Street, Tunstall, after being called shortly after 11.30pm last night.
“A 50-year-old man, from Stoke-on-Trent, remains in police custody and enquiries are ongoing.”