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Fire at former Pottery was deliberate

A fire at a derelict pottery factory in Stoke-on-Trent was deliberate, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have said.

The fire the former Wade Pottery in Westport Road, Burslem, broke out in the early hours of yesterday morning.

At its height, 40 firefighters were on the scene.

The Service is warning people about the dangers of setting fire to derelict buildings

Setting fires in derelict premises is an incredibly dangerous thing to do as not only does the fire spread quickly through these type of old, complex buildings, the firefighters who have to search the premises and deal with the fire are put at great risk as invariably floorboards and staircases are damaged or intentionally removed. Deliberate fires are extremely costly to deal with and a drain on our precious resources. There is too the possibility that whilst we are attending a fire set by an arsonist, we might be unable to respond to a genuine emergency.

– Incident Commander Mark Walchester