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Police appeal following Nechells fire

An investigation has been launched following a fire at a tower block in Nechells earlier this morning (28 May).

Police and fire crews were called to Francis Street at around 2am this morning following reports of a fire at Humber Tower. Residents in one half of the block were evacuated for their own safety while firefighters fought to bring the blaze under control.

Officers are treating the fire as arson and a 43-year-old man has been arrested.

Detective Inspector Dave Sproson said: “The incident was extremely frightening and lots of the residents were understandably very scared. The fire service did a brilliant job – and the vast majority of people have been able to return to their homes.

“Thankfully no one was seriously injured, but one man was sadly taken to hospital with respiratory issues caused by the smoke.   

“The recent arrest is a great development in our investigation, but we’re still trying to piece together exactly what happened, and anyone who hasn’t yet spoken to us should get in touch.”

If you have information please get in contact via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk 8am - midnight, or call 101 anytime. To remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Tell them what you know, not who you are.

Please quote log number 288 of 28/05/2020.

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