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Police launch investigation after fire at former John Tams factory in Stoke-on-Trent

Police officers have launched an investigation following a fire at the former John Tams factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

The emergency services were called to the former factory between Commerce Street and The Strand in Longton shortly after 4.30pm yesterday.

The roads surrounding the building had to be closed off while firefighters from around Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire battled to extinguish the blaze.

They remained at the scene until midnight conducting a thorough check of the building to make sure no one was inside.

Now police officers have launched an investigation into the fire.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Officers are appealing for witnesses following a fire at the former Tams building in Longton yesterday afternoon (6 January).

“Emergency services were alerted to the fire on The Strand at approximately 4.35pm and roads surrounding the building were closed.

“Thankfully no one was injured.”

Firefighters eventually spent over seven hours at the inferno.

A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman added: “Crews from Longton, Newcastle, Hanley and Burslem remained at the scene of the fire at the former Tams building on The Strand Longton until around midnight last night (Wednesday 6 January).

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“A thorough search of the property took place and no one was injured.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on Facebook, Twitter, or by calling 101 quoting incident 454 of January 6.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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