Tamworth Hospital fire latest

Tuesday, 12th February 2019

FIRE crews remain on the scene at the George Bryan Centre this morning following the disastrous fire last night (Monday) and a man has been arrested on suspicion of Arson.

  • Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have stated that relief crews from Rugeley and Uttoxeter attended the scene early this morning and are continuing to use a main jet to dampen down the site of the blaze.
  • They have said that the fire investigation will begin once the fire has been extinguished and it is safe to do so.
  • Fire crews from Staffordshire, Warwickshire and West Midlands were in attendance at the location.
  • It has been confirmed that the building has been significantly damaged but thankfully there are no reported injuries.
  • Shortly before 1.00am this morning, Staffordshire Police confirmed that they had detained a 43-year-old man from Tamworth in connection to the blaze.

Emergency services rushed to the scene shortly before 9.00pm yesterday evening (Monday 11 February) when the fire was initially reported.

Fire crews from across Staffordshire as well as Sutton Coldfield, Perry Barr, Erdington, Aldridge, Nuneaton, Polesworth and Atherstone.

READ MORE: See our timeline of the incident

The George Bryan Centre offers inpatient support for patients suffering from mental ill-health and sits in the grounds of Sir Robert Peel Hospital, off Watling Street.

The site is run by the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who have not commented on the situation at this time.

It is understood that all patients were transported to other local medical centres.

Our thoughts are with all involved and we wish all the patients the best at this time.

The scene at the George Bryan Centre and Sir Robert Peel Hospital. Credit: Dr0newerks

The scene at the George Bryan Centre and Sir Robert Peel Hospital. Credit: Dr0newerks

A JustGiving crowdfunding page has now been set up by a local resident, Amie Williams,  to help raise funds for the unit.  Anyone who wishes to donate can do so here.