Stoke residents hear ‘explosion’ as ‘several fire engines’ race to blaze at house

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after residents heard an “explosion” during a house fire.

Dramatic images show smoke billowing from an address, with several fire engines parked in Pitts Hill, Chell, Stoke-on-Trent.

Police confirmed a man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life, although no-one was injured.

One resident told Stoke-on-Trent Live: “About an hour ago my partner heard an explosion or smash. We went outside about 25 mins ago and see this. There’s several fire engines here.”

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Detectives are investigating following a house fire in Stoke-on-Trent.

“We received a call at 7.40pm last night (16 August) to reports of a fire at a property on St Michaels Road in Chell.

“Colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue extinguished the blaze. No injuries were reported.

“A 56-year-old man, from Stoke-on-Trent, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He remains in custody at this time.

“A joint investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

“Anyone with any information should message Staffordshire Police on Facebook or Twitter quoting incident number 722 of 16 August, call 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service say they were called to the scene at 7.30pm.

Last night a spokesman said: “We have three appliances in St Michael’s Road.

“We are unable to give further details at this time due the nature of the incident but the police will be providing statements. The incident is ongoing at this time.”