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Police have arrested a man over a fire at a flat in Sutton Coldfield which sparked the evacuation of tens of residents.
A three-month-old baby girl and an 18-month-old boy were among those who had to be rescued from the balcony of the third floor of a building in Mount View on Monday (6 March).
Around 30 people were evacuated from the block of flats while emergency services tended to the fire.
A 43-year-old man was arrested just before 5pm on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.
Sgt. Amir Abid from Stechford police station, said:"We are treating the fire as suspicious and believe this was a reckless act that could have had severe consequences."
Five people including two children were left needing minor treatment after a flat fire in Sutton Coldfield this afternoon.
It happened at a property in Redway Court, Mount View, Sutton Coldfield, A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:
“Firefighters used a ladder to rescue two adult women and two young children from a third floor flat.Thankfully, none of those rescued were suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation and they were all discharged at the scene. Ambulance staff carried out assessments on a 29 year old woman, a 17 month old boy and a 3 month old girl, a second adult woman declined an assessment. An 82 year old woman and a 49 year old man who were in the same block were also assessed by ambulance staff; both were discharged after check-ups on their breathing.”
West Midlands Fire Service announce that trains from Birmingham New Street to Sutton Coldfield will be cancelled for most of the day.
Trains from New Street to Sutton Coldfield will be cancelled for most of the day. Check with you train company before travel.
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