Police and fire investigators are looking in to whether arsonists are responsible for a blaze which caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a popular Shirley day nursery.
The fire happened last Friday at Active Angels day nursery in Tanworth Lane.
The nursery has been the target of vandals and anti social behaviour in recent years and the owners fear arsonists are to blame for the fire, which has caused damage to a large part of the building.
Co owner of the nursery Sara Fogarty, said: “We have a bill running into thousands of pounds.
“We have had to close the nursery, which has been a major inconvenience to our parents, who have had to take time off work and make alternative arrangements.
“Part of the baby room roof has been burnt out and there has been a substantial amount of damage caused to the main room of the nursery.
“Toys and facilities in the nursery have also been ruined.
“There is a lot of structural damage to the building.
“That, together with the smell and investigations being carried out, has meant we have not been able to open the nursery for several days.”
Mrs Fogarty said the nursery and surrounding area has suffered from problems with anti social behaviour.
“We have had a lot of problems with kids hanging around and causing trouble.
“It has been a problem for a while.
“It gets better when the police increase their patrols but as soon as that ceases, it comes back,” she added.
A spokesman for the fire service said: “We received a 999 call at 10.15pm in relation to a fire at Active Angels day nursery. The fire had caused damage to 20 per cent of this single storey building.
Two firefighters with breathing apparatus were used and two hose reel jets.”
A spokeswoman for Solihull Police said they were still waiting for investigations to establish whether the fire had been caused by arsonists.