A WOMAN and two young children were rescued from a block of maisonettes in Chelmsley Wood following an arson attack.
They were unable to leave through the front door so firefighters led them to safety via a first-floor window.
Sheldon and Bickenhill firecrews were called to the two-storey block in Tulip Walk just after 10pm on Sunday and found a blazing pushchair and bag of rubbish on a landing.
A smoke alarm was not working.
Paramedics took the trio to hospital for treatment for the effects of inhaling smoke.
“We rescued one woman and two children. Smoke was going into the flat so we got a ladder up to the window and got them out,” said Sheldon-based watch commander Jason Dean.
“They did go to Heartlands Hospital for a check-up because the woman has asthma. Another woman went along to look after the children.
“There were cigarette butts there and we think the fire was suspicious. The stairs were thickly smoke-logged.”
Neither the youngsters - aged two and one - nor the woman rescued were thought to be any the worse for their ordeal.
The stairs area at the maisonettes was heavily smoke-logged.
West Midlands Fire Service confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) that the incident was being treated as arson.
A West Midlands Police spokesman told the Times yesterday afternoon: “Currently the cause of the fire unexplained and police are working with the fire service to try and establish the cause.”
Anyone with information can call detectives at Chelmsley Wood on 0845 113 5000 or ring Crimestoppers - anonymously - on 0800 555 111.