A TEENAGER has been arrested on suspicion of arson following two devastating fires in Stafford on Friday.
The fire service was called to a wheelie bin fire on Crooked Bridge Road at 1.43am, then another fire at 2.34am just down the road at the Salvation Army building on Faraday Road.
A police spokesman told the Newsletter: “We arrested a 19-year-old male from the Stafford area late on Friday, on suspicion of arson.
“He has not been charged, but has been released on police bail until a date later next month.”
The roof of the Salvation Army building was completely destroyed and extensive damage was caused to the meeting room. It took around 30 firefighters over four hours to put it out.
Station Manager Neil Pedersen said: “Both of these incidents were very serious and are being treated as arson.
“The people responsible for carrying out these acts have not only damaged property, their anti-social behaviour also put the lives of residents and firefighters unnecessarily at risk as well possibly diverting vital resources from potentially life-threatening incidents.”