Fire in Newtown: Six children and eight adults rescued from the flame in Birmingham’s tower block

A fire broke out in a block of flats in Newtown in Birmingham treated as presumed arson.

The fire department was called at 5:40 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24, to James House.

Ten engines got the fire under control, with a total of 46 crew members on site.

The fire, which started on the stairs on the 11th floor, was quickly extinguished by firefighters.

The fire did not spread to any of the apartments in the building, however, smoke penetrated into some apartments on floors 10-12 as residents opened their doors.

Several firefighters were present after the fire in Newtown on Wednesday Credit: Snapper SK

A total of 14 residents, including 6 children, were taken to safety. They were treated for inhaling smoke on the spot along with a few residents who themselves left the building.

Some affected residents went to friends and family while the incident took place, but returned to their respective apartments when it was safe to do so.

The West Midlands Fire Service says they worked closely with colleagues from the West Midlands Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service.

A spokesman for the force said: “It is understood that the fire started in a common area or stairwell on the 10th floor.”

They added that the fire was “quickly extinguished” and did not spread further.

“The fire did not spread to any of the apartments in the building, but a number of residents had entered the lobby areas and were subsequently rescued by our firefighters, who were wearing respirators.

“Firefighters remained at the scene overnight and work has already begun with fire investigators to understand how the fire started.”


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