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Guests describe hotel fire evacuation from 17th floor

Fire at kebab shop now out say fire service

West Midlands Fire Service has tweeted the fire at a kebab shop which caused an entire hotel to be evacuated this morning is now out.

Guests were moved from the Hilton Hampton hotel on Broad Street at around half past six this morning.

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Pictures from scene of city centre hotel evacuation

Fire crews were called to a fire in a kebab shop next tot he Hilton Hampton hotel in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central/Chris Halpin

A multi-storey city centre hotel was evacuated this morning after a fire in a neighbouring kebab shop.

Guests at the Hilton Hampton Hotel on Broad Street have now been re-housed in other hotels in the city.

The hotel was evacuated as a precautionary measure Credit: ITV News Central/Chris Halpin

The fire broke out a kebab shop underneath the hotel. It's not yet known how the fire started.

Fire officers at the scene on Broad Street this morning Credit: ITV News Central/Chris Halpin
The Hilton Hampton hotel on Broad Street Credit: ITV News Central/Chris Halpin

Fire fighters tackle blaze at Hilton hotel in Birmingham

Street view of the HIlton Hampton hotel on Broad Street Credit: Google Street View

Eight fire engines are tackling a blaze at a hotel in Birmingham city centre. The fire broke out at the Hilton Hampton hotel on Broad Street this morning. The outbound lanes are currently closed. More to follow.

Firefighters across region to start 24-hour strike today

It is to be the longest strike so far in this FBU campaign Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

Hundreds of firefighters across the Midlands are due to strike today in a dispute over pensions.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out from 9am, for 24 hours, in what will be the longest strike in the union's three-year campaign.

The government says strike action is disrupting constructive discussions and will damage firefighters' standing with the public.

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Community centre fire treated as arson with intent to endanger life

West Midlands Police have launched an investigation after a fire destroyed a community centre in Birmingham.

Emergency services were called to the blaze yesterday morning at the Ulfah Arts Centre in Highgate Square.

Police say they are treating the fire as arson with intent to endanger life as the fire could have spread to residents living above the centre.

Destruction caused by the fire Credit: BPM Media

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Agar, from Birmingham East Police, said:

"The motive for the blaze is unknown, however we are aware of a malicious letter sent to the centre earlier this month."

"We are investigating this as a hate crime and, although apparently unconnected, we will explore any links between the two incidents."

"We have increased patrols in the local area and I would like to reassure the community that we are doing all we can to find those responsible."

Clean up underway after arson at community centre

Clean up underway after the fire at Ulfah Arts And Media in Highgate in Birmingham Credit: BPM Media

The clean-up is underway after a suspected arson attack on a community centre in Birmingham.

Ulfah Arts And Media, based at Highgate Craft Centre in Highgate Square, was destroyed in the blaze in the early hours of Tuesday 20th May.

Destruction caused by the fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning Credit: BPM Media

Police are investigating claims the fire could have been a racially-motivated attack, after the centre's CEO, Prashant Singh, received racist mail.

Ulfah Arts and Media spokeswoman Sarah Javid said:

“Over the last two months our CEO has been receiving hate mail which has been anti-Islamic,” she said. He also received a DVD which was full of race hate messages.

“Mr Singh has no idea why anyone would have a personal vendetta against him or the organisation. But the fire has destroyed everything. It’s destroyed equipment, but also all of our projects, some we have been working on for over a year.”

Arsonists torch community arts centre in 'racist' attack

An arts & community centre in Birmingham has been targeted by arsonists in what's believed to be a racially motivated attack.

Ulfah Arts And Media, based at Highgate Craft Centre in Highgate Square, was destroyed in the blaze in the early hours of Tuesday 20th May.

A spokesperson for the centre says the fire comes after the centre's CEO received anti-islamic hate mail.

West Midlands Police say they are treating the fire as arson and are investigating.

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