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Fire at Mr Big Deal in Tunstall was arson

Fire at Mr Big Deal has been confirmed as arson Credit: ITV News Central

Staffordshire Police have confirmed that a fire at a shop in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent was started deliberately.

Officers have launched an appeal for witnesses as part of the investigation into the fire that started late on Sunday evening.

The building has been left severely damaged as a result of the fire and diversions have been in place. Firefighters are expected to leave the scene on High Street later today.

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Tunstall High Street still closed after Mr Big Deal fire

Tunstall High Street in Stoke-on-Trent remains closed to traffic this morning after a major fire ripped through a bargain store.

Crews were called to Mr Big Deal late on Sunday night after the blaze broke out in the basement.

The fire broke out at Mr Big Deal in Tunstall late on Sunday night Credit: ITV News Central

More than 60 firefighters tackled the blaze at its peak. The road is due to open this afternoon at the earliest.

Firefighters to remain at scene of blaze overnight

Firefighters have been tackling the blaze at Mr Big Deals since just after 11:30pm last night Credit: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue

Firefighters will remain at the scene of a shop fire in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, overnight.

They have been tackling the blaze at the junction of High Street and Roundwell Street since 11:30pm last night. Crews will remain at the scene to ensure the fire does not re-ignite and to try and make the building safe for investigation work to commence.

Fire Investigation Officer Kelvin Knapper said: “We have done some initial fire investigation work interviewing witnesses, however once we have access to the building we will be in a position to identify where the fire started and what the source of ignition was.”

Firefighter speaks of difficulty of basement blaze

Firefighters tackling a blaze at a shop in Tunstall, Stoke-onTrent have been explaining how difficult the task is.

Crews say it is too dangerous to enter the building on the junction of High Street and Roundwell Street in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent.

Director of Response Rob Barber said: “We have used two aerial ladder platforms to tackle the fire at height and we have also used some special high expansion foam, brought in from West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service, which has been pumped into the basement area."

Video of shop fire in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent

Firefighters have released a video of a fire they have been tackling near Stoke on Trent since late yesterday evening.

At 11:24pm Staffordshire Fire and Rescue were called to Mr Big Deals on the junction of High Street and Roundwell Street in Tunstall. At its height 64 firefighters were at the scene.

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Pictures from the scene of a huge shop fire in Tunstall

Shop fire in Staffordshire Credit: ITV News Central

These are pictures from the scene of a major fire in Staffordshire.

Crews were called to the A50 High Street in Tunstall shortly before 11.30pm to reports of a blaze at the site.

The road is expected to be closed throughout today from the junction of Scotia Road and Haymarket.

The fire has forced the closure of the A50 Credit: ITV News Central
The A50 is expected to remain closed until tomorrow at the earliest Credit: ITV News Central

Map: Scene of major blaze at Tunstall factory

The fire broke out at a factory in High Street, Tunstall, overnight Credit: ITV News Central

The A50 in Staffordshire will remain closed for the rest of the day following a building fire.

High St is closed between Tower Square and Roundwell St with Roundwell St also closed between Scotia Road and Forster St.

Delays warning as fire engulfs Staffordshire factory

More than forty firefighters are on the scene of a major factory fire in Staffordshire this morning.

Crews were called to the A50 High Street in Tunstall shortly before 11.30pm to reports of a blaze at the site.

The road is expected to be closed throughout today from the junction of Scotia Road and Haymarket. Delays are expected during rush hour.

West Midlands and Staffordshire fire services share fire control

West Midlands and Staffordshire fire and rescue services now share a control centre Credit: PA

West Midlands and Staffordshire fire and rescue services say their shared fire control operation went live yesterday morning.

The two organisations have merged their fire control rooms into one shared service which operates from Vauxhall Road in Birmingham. From there control staff are handling emergency calls and managing the resources sent to deal with incidents for both areas.

The services say the move will not affect the public, who should continue to ring 999 should an emergency occur.

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