Arsonists blamed for huge fire that sent smoke across town

Arsonists have been blamed for a huge fire that sent thick black smoke billowing across a town. An investigation has revealed four lorry trailers in Wharf Road, Biddulph, had been deliberately set alight.

Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service were sent to the scene yards from the picturesque Biddulph Valley Way at around 8.15pm on Bank Holiday Monday.

Firefighters spent around six hours tackling the flames. In an update today (May 8), the fire service said: "A large fire involving lorry trailers has been extinguished in Biddulph. We sent crews to an address on Wharf Road just before 8pm on Monday when the call came in.

"Four lorry trailers were found well-alight and were put out just before 2am yesterday morning (May 7). Thankfully, no-one was injured.

"Following an investigation, we later deemed the fire to have been caused deliberately. This has now been handed over to Staffordshire Police."

Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with any information should call the police on 101, quoting incident number 658 of May 6, or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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