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Arrest after residents evacuated in flat fire

An 18-month old boy and a 3-month old girl were among those rescued Credit: Google Street View

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."


Children rescued from Sutton Coldfield flat fire

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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 Ambulance Service.

Storm Doris causes train cancellations

Trains have been cancelled in the Midlands Credit: PA

West Midlands Fire Service announce that trains from Birmingham New Street to Sutton Coldfield will be cancelled for most of the day.


Passenger upset after lorry bridge crash

Photo of lorry bridge crash in Sutton Coldfield Credit: BPM media

Passengers on the Cross City rail line and motorists faced delays this morning after a lorry smashed into a railway bridge in Sutton Coldfield.

It happened at around 7:30am close to Blake Street Railway Station, on the A4026 Blake Street in Four Oaks.

Passengers appeared less than sympathetic to the lorry driver responsible:

Charlotte Henderson tweeted:

And Georgia Tims added:

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