THE Member of Parliament for Tamworth has spoken out to thank the staff at the George Bryan Center following the horrific fire which has destroyed part of the building.
The Rt. Hon. Christopher Pincher MP told Tamworth Informed: “As many of you will know, last night the George Bryan Centre next to the Sir Robert Peel Hospital suffered a suspected arson attack, which has caused substantial damage to the building. Thankfully all patients and staff were evacuated with no injuries reported. I want to say thank you to the hard work and bravery of all our emergency services that were on the scene last night and through to this morning. Also to the centre staff for their swift and calm actions to save lives.
“I have this morning spoken to the Staffordshire Police Chief Inspector, as well as the Secretary of State for Health and I am reassured that the Police, Fire Service and NHS Trust are making the area safe and the wheels are in motion to find places for those evacuated patients. Ministers have also offered help and support if required.
“I will keep in contact with all parties and provide whatever support I can to the emergency services. I understand the Police have arrested a 43-year-old man following the fire. The most important thing is that staff and patients are now safe, and we should allow both the Police and Fire Service to carry out their investigations.”
READ MORE: See our timeline of the incident
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to The George Bryant Centre on Plantation Lane at 8.52pm last night (Monday, February 11) with reports of a serious blaze. At the height of the incident 10 pumps were in attendance including the Aerial Ladder Platform from Longton.
The incident was split into three sectors and crews wore four sets of breathing apparatus and used three main jets along with two hose reel jets to put out the fire.
Group Manager Toby Wilson said: “This was a significant incident which led to the evacuation of approximately 20 people. The cause of this fire has not been determined yet but a fire investigation in now underway and we are working closely with our partners at West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire Police, along with staff from the medical centre.
“Firefighters from Tamworth are still at the scene damping down and checking for hot spots. We are expecting to be at the scene for some time today.”