A HUGE fire has broken out at the George Bryan Centre in Mile Oak this evening, Monday 11 February
Emergency services rushed to the scene shortly after 9.00pm and some eye-witnesses described never seeing so many emergency vehicles.
Flames can be seen emerging through the roof from as the blaze rips through the building.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that they have 10 appliances at the location from across Staffordshire and neighbouring West Midlands Fire Service and Warwickshire Fire Service who have sent crews from Polesworth, Atherstone and Nuneaton.
Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service are also at the location.
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 are being transported to other local medical centres.
Our thoughts are with all involved and we wish all the patients the best at this time.
People have taken to social media to show their sadness at the blaze and to offer support.
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at George Bryan Centre in Tamworth where people go to get help with their mental health.
I hope everyone is safe and got out okay. 🙏🏼 https://t.co/oLJZWLsVzY
— Brandon Mitchell (@Brandon48234465) February 11, 2019
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed that 10 appliances are at the scene. Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service are also at the location.
Eyewitnesses at the scene say that emergency services now appear to have the blaze under control.
At this time, the B5404 Watling Street (old A5) is closed at Mile Oak due to this incident. It is closed from Fazeley Island to Mercedes lights.
Staffordshire Police have issued the following statement in relation tot he incident:
“Officers are currently working in partnership with colleagues from Staffordshire Fire Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service at the scene of a fire at the George Bryan Medical Centre in Tamworth.
“There are no reported casualties. All occupants and staff have been evacuated from the centre and are being transferred to other local medical centres.
“The area remains closed whilst the fire service continue to control the fire.
“We were called at 9.15pm this evening to the centre on Plantation Lane, Mile Oak.
“Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting 796 of 11 February 2019.”
The Rt. Hon. Christopher Pincher MP, Member of Parliament for Tamworth has spoken out about the blaze.
Very concerned to hear about this developing news. I very much hope that there are no injuries and wish all the best to our local fire crews, Police and emergency services. https://t.co/LJ3VlpY8Vb
— Christopher Pincher (@ChrisPincher) February 11, 2019
There are unconfirmed reports that a patient from the George Bryan Centre has fled the scene in the commotion caused by the incident.
Staffordshire Police have confirmed that a 43-year-old man had been detained in relation to the fire.
#Update A 43-year-old man, from Tamworth, has been detained on suspicion of arson in connection with a fire at the George Bryan Medical Centre in Tamworth last night. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call 101, quoting 796 of 11 February. pic.twitter.com/K5fb6HTmac
— Staffordshire Police (@StaffsPolice) February 12, 2019