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Crews move into Leek’s new £3.4 million community fire station

Generic images of fire engines Credit: Barry Batchelor / PA Archive/PA Images

Crews have today moved into Leek’s new £3.4 million community fire station.

The state-of-the-art facility, situated on Springfield Road has replaced the outdated building on the same site, which became operational in 1971.

the new station will help to enable firefighters respond more efficiently and effectively to 21st Century emergencies.

Facilities within the building have also been created specifically with the community in mind and for the use of residents.

Groups and organisations will be encouraged to hold their meetings in specially designated community rooms, creating a hub which will allow greater contact between local people and firefighters who serve the area.

Fire at Mr Big Deal in Tunstall was arson

Fire at Mr Big Deal has been confirmed as arson Credit: ITV News Central

Staffordshire Police have confirmed that a fire at a shop in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent was started deliberately.

Officers have launched an appeal for witnesses as part of the investigation into the fire that started late on Sunday evening.

The building has been left severely damaged as a result of the fire and diversions have been in place. Firefighters are expected to leave the scene on High Street later today.


Tunstall High Street still closed after Mr Big Deal fire

Tunstall High Street in Stoke-on-Trent remains closed to traffic this morning after a major fire ripped through a bargain store.

Crews were called to Mr Big Deal late on Sunday night after the blaze broke out in the basement.

The fire broke out at Mr Big Deal in Tunstall late on Sunday night Credit: ITV News Central

More than 60 firefighters tackled the blaze at its peak. The road is due to open this afternoon at the earliest.

Firefighters to remain at scene of blaze overnight

Firefighters have been tackling the blaze at Mr Big Deals since just after 11:30pm last night Credit: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue

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.”

Firefighter speaks of difficulty of basement blaze

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."

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