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Fire and police bosses suspect Amazon warehouse was targeted by arsonists

A fire at the Amazon Distribution Centre in Rugeley is being treated as suspicious by police after a fire investigation found it was most likely started deliberately.

Crews were called to the site on Power Station Road at 12.16pm on Saturday (4 November), to a fire which began on the third floor and then spread to the forth floor of the four storey building.

The blaze involved a large amount of goods which were well alight when the crews arrived.

At the height of the incident four appliances attended, with ten firefighters wearing breathing apparatus to tackle the fire.

A large amount of the goods inside the property were seriously damaged by fire, heat and smoke.

The building was fitted with a working sprinkler system which actuated and prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the building.

The fire investigation findings indicate the fire was caused deliberately and a full forensic police investigation is now underway.

Fire Investigation Officer Carl Mason said: “This was quite a large scale incident which took several hours to deal with due to the type of materials inside the building and the level of smoke logging which took significant time to ventilate. The blaze has left the building seriously damaged but fortunately everyone inside was safely evacuated and no one was injured during the incident.

“Thankfully the building did have a sprinkler system fitted which has prevented the fire from spreading and becoming far more serious.

“It is very concerning that this fire seems to have been deliberate as large scale incident such as this take up a lot of time and resources. Taking up valuable resources by causing fires deliberately is extremely worrying for the Service when there may be people in desperate need of our response.

“We will continue to work closely with Staffordshire Police on their on going investigation into the incident.”

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