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Man, 32, is detained by police after huge blaze rips through mental hospital



Man, 43, is detained by police after huge blaze rips through mental hospital forcing mass evacuation

  • Ten fire engines rushed to the George Bryan Centre at Sir Robert Peel Hospital 
  • Pictures showed dozens of firemen scrambling to deal with the huge blaze 
  • According to authorities the facility treats people suffering from mental illness 

By George Martin For Mailonline

Published: 19:08 EST, 11 February 2019 | Updated: 22:21 EST, 11 February 2019

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A man has been detained on suspicion of arson after a fire ripped through a mental health facility.

The 43-year-old was held as firefighters tackled the 'severe' blaze which broke out at the George Bryan Medical Centre, part of Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital, in Tamworth, on Monday night.

Staffordshire Police said the suspect, from Tamworth, had been detained and appealed for information from witnesses.

As many as ten fire engines were called to deal with the blaze at the hospital in Tamworth on Monday night
As many as ten fire engines were called to deal with the blaze at the hospital in Tamworth on Monday night

As many as ten fire engines were called to deal with the blaze at the hospital in Tamworth on Monday night

Some 10 crews from Staffordshire, West Midlands and Warwickshire fire services were deployed as fire took hold at the facility, prompting the evacuation of nearly a dozen occupants and staff.

A spokesman from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said that there was 'quite a lot of the building involved' in the blaze.

'We're trying to sacrifice part of the building and let that burn to prevent it from spreading to the rest of the hospital,' he added.

Staffordshire Police said they were called to the incident at 9.15pm. There are no reported casualties.

Plumes of smoke rose high into the night sky as flames licked out from the building's windows
Plumes of smoke rose high into the night sky as flames licked out from the building's windows

Plumes of smoke rose high into the night sky as flames licked out from the building's windows

Two firemen spray their hose in through the charred wreckage of the building which appeared to have been significantly damaged in the fire
Two firemen spray their hose in through the charred wreckage of the building which appeared to have been significantly damaged in the fire

Two firemen spray their hose in through the charred wreckage of the building which appeared to have been significantly damaged in the fire

The force said 11 occupants and staff were evacuated from the centre and were being transferred to other local medical centres. 

A spokesman from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service also said there are reports of one of the patients absconding during the commotion caused by the blaze. 

He said local fire crews were being supported by teams from West Midlands Fire Service and Warwickshire Fire Service.

Staffordshire Police said they were called to the incident at 9.15pm. There are no reported casualties. 

Authorities said the institution treats people suffering from mental health illnesses
Authorities said the institution treats people suffering from mental health illnesses

Authorities said the institution treats people suffering from mental health illnesses

A spokesman from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said there are reports of one of the patients absconding
A spokesman from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said there are reports of one of the patients absconding

A spokesman from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said there are reports of one of the patients absconding

Fire crews said 11 occupants and staff were evacuated from the centre and were being transferred to other local medical centres
Fire crews said 11 occupants and staff were evacuated from the centre and were being transferred to other local medical centres

Fire crews said 11 occupants and staff were evacuated from the centre and were being transferred to other local medical centres

Smoke from the blaze could be seen from miles around as it initially burned out of control
Smoke from the blaze could be seen from miles around as it initially burned out of control

Smoke from the blaze could be seen from miles around as it initially burned out of control

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