Tower block fire treated as suspected arson

The fire was contained to the lobby area of the 22nd floor Credit: West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service

A fire at a high-rise residential building is being treated as suspected arson.

The incident happened in the communal lobby area of the 22nd floor of the 32-storey Cleveland Tower in Holloway Head, Birmingham.

West Midlands police are investigating the incident, along with West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service .

Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters were sent to the scene. It is thought that around 750 people live in the tower block, but that no-one was injured.

Area Commander Ben Brook, of West Midlands Fire Service, said:

Following the Grenfell Tower fire in London last month, today’s incident was understandably shocking for everyone concerned. I can confirm that there was no cladding on the structure.

West Midlands Fire Service, Ben Brook

The first fire crew arrived within 4 minutes and 30 seconds.