Man held on suspicion of arson as firefighters tackle huge blaze at

SFRS said it was first called to reports of fire at the hospital at 8.52pm.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. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. 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, near the Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital in Tamworth, on Monday night.Images showed flames and smoke billowing from the building’s roof, part of which appeared to have fallen in.Staffordshire Police said a suspect, from Tamworth, had been detained and appealed for information from witnesses.A spokesman from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) earlier said there had been reports of one of the patients absconding during the commotion caused by the blaze.When contacted on Tuesday morning, police and fire officials were unable to confirm if any missing patient had been located.Christopher Pincher, the Conservative MP for Tamworth, said he was “very concerned” by the fire.”I very much hope that there are no injuries and wish all the best to our local fire crews, Police and emergency services,” he wrote on Twitter. 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 read more

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