FORTY firefighters from across the region were called to tackle a blaze last Saturday, believed to have been started deliberately at Shirley’s Powergen site.
Arsonists have been blamed for multiple fires on the first and second floors of the derelict building in Haslucks Green Road. At the height of the fire, eight fire engines were battling to get the flames under control while other firefighters scoured the premises to make sure no-one was inside.
The crews were sent to the scene at around 8am in the morning after residents raised the alarm that the building was alight.
West Midlands Fire Service said no-one was injured in the incident, nor found during an extensive search of the four-storey site.
“Twenty firefighters entered wearing breathing apparatus,” said a spokesman. “All persons were accounted for and no-one was found within.”
The blaze is likely to reignite arguments about when the building will be brought back into use - over 800 residents recently signed a petition calling for the empty shell to be redeveloped.
Coun Peter Doyle (Con, Shirley South) said: “I’m glad nobody was hurt. Hope it wasn’t structurally damaged but it may cause potential delay in renovation in the future.”
Shirley neighbourhood policing team said entry had been forced and they were treating the incident as “suspicious”.
Anything with information should call officers on 101.