West Midlands Police have confirmed that a fire at a store in Harborne High Street in Birmingham was arson. Early indications suggest that the store was broken into and stock was stolen before the fire was started.
A fire that broke out in a shop on Harborne High Street this morning is now out and firefighters are "scaling back" resources. Up to 50 firefighters were at the scene at the height of the blaze that starte at around 6am.
All of the two-storey, mid-terrace shoe shop has been affected by fire, including the roof. The fire appears to have started in a rear store room, but is now out."
– West Midlands Fire Service
The premises are in a row of seven, brick built shops, and the fire spread to the roof space of a neighbouring chemist."