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.”
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."
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.