Emergency services on scene at James House on Newtown Drive in Birmingham

The cause of the fire is being treated as a suspected arson (Picture: SnapperSK)

A tower blaze that left one person in hospital and forced 14 to be evacuated is thought to have been started deliberately.

Six children and eight adults were rescued after a fire broke out on the 11th floor of a block of flats in Birmingham.

Residents shouted for help from a balcony after flames from a stairwell started spreading.

Around 50 firefighters, alongside paramedics and police, raced to the scene at James House in the Newton area following 999 calls at 5.40pm.

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) confirmed to Metro.co.uk the cause of the blaze was being treated as suspected arson.

According to BirminghamLive, a ‘pushchair and other items’ were deliberately set alight in the stairwell.

**Number plates may need pixelating - Moving Footage with relevant desk** (Pictured: Emergency services on scene at James House on Newtown Drive in Brimingham after a fire broke out on the 10th floor of the 13-storey high rise building. More than 100 people have been evacuated. West Midlands Fire Service sent eight fire engines to the incident. Pic taken: 24/11/2021) - More than 100 people have been evacuated after a fire broke out on the 10th floor of a block of flats in Birmingham. Eight fire engines were rushed to the 13-storey high rise after a blaze broke out at James House, in the Newtown area of the city. People were seen on a balcony shouting for help after flames spread from a stairwell at around 5.40pm today (WEDS). A small number of residents were taken to hospital to be checked over for smoke inhalation, it is understood. Evacuees were moved to temporary accommodation at a nearby community centre. Detectives and fire chiefs were tonight probing the cause of the blaze. West Midlands Police said in a statement: ???We???re working with colleagues to understand the cause of a fire that broke out in a Birmingham tower block this evening. ???We were alerted to the fire by a resident in James House, Newtown Drive at 5.40pm. ???It's understood the fire started in a communal area or stairwell on the 10th floor. It was quickly extinguished and did not spread to any of the flats. ???We're currently on site alongside other emergency services and work has already started alongside fire investigators to understand how the fire started.??? West Midlands Fire Service said on Twitter tonight (WEDS): ???The fire at James House, Newtown, has been quickly extinguished by our crews however a number of residents had entered the lobby areas and were subsequently led to safety by our firefighters using our smoke hoods. ???Four fire engines are still at the scene.??? ENDS

Some residents self-evacuated while 14 caught up in the smoke were led to safety (Picture: SnapperSK)

WMFS said the fire did not spread to any of the flats in the building, but smoke entered some homes on floors 10-12 when residents opened their doors.

Some residents self-evacuated while others, including six children, had to be led to safety as crews ‘quickly’ extinguished the blaze.

They were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene, while one adult was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

A statement said: ‘The fire did not spread to any of the flats in the building, however smoke entered some flats on floors 10-12 when residents opened their doors.

‘Crews wearing breathing apparatus used Smoke Hoods, which enable safer and swifter evacuation, to evacuate 10 residents through the smoked filled areas.

‘In total 14 residents, including 6 children were led to safety. They were treated for smoke inhalation on scene alongside a few residents who self-evacuated.’

**Number plates may need pixelating - Moving Footage with relevant desk** (Pictured: Emergency services on scene at James House on Newtown Drive in Brimingham after a fire broke out on the 10th floor of the 13-storey high rise building. More than 100 people have been evacuated. West Midlands Fire Service sent eight fire engines to the incident. Pic taken: 24/11/2021) - More than 100 people have been evacuated after a fire broke out on the 10th floor of a block of flats in Birmingham. Eight fire engines were rushed to the 13-storey high rise after a blaze broke out at James House, in the Newtown area of the city. People were seen on a balcony shouting for help after flames spread from a stairwell at around 5.40pm today (WEDS). A small number of residents were taken to hospital to be checked over for smoke inhalation, it is understood. Evacuees were moved to temporary accommodation at a nearby community centre. Detectives and fire chiefs were tonight probing the cause of the blaze. West Midlands Police said in a statement: ???We???re working with colleagues to understand the cause of a fire that broke out in a Birmingham tower block this evening. ???We were alerted to the fire by a resident in James House, Newtown Drive at 5.40pm. ???It's understood the fire started in a communal area or stairwell on the 10th floor. It was quickly extinguished and did not spread to any of the flats. ???We're currently on site alongside other emergency services and work has already started alongside fire investigators to understand how the fire started.??? West Midlands Fire Service said on Twitter tonight (WEDS): ???The fire at James House, Newtown, has been quickly extinguished by our crews however a number of residents had entered the lobby areas and were subsequently led to safety by our firefighters using our smoke hoods. ???Four fire engines are still at the scene.??? ENDS

The fire started on the stairwell of the 11th floor (Picture: SnapperSK)

WMFS said 15 people have been placed in temporary accommodation.

‘We worked closely on scene with colleagues from West Midlands Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service. The cause of the fire is suspected arson,’ they said.

Police added that they are also working closely with colleagues as the investigation gets underway.

A statement said: ‘Officers were sent to help with scene management and road closures so that fire and ambulance services could more easily access the property.

‘Several people have been treated for smoke inhalation but it is not believed, at this stage, there have been any serious injuries.

‘We’re currently on site alongside other emergency services and work has already started alongside fire investigators to understand how the fire started.’

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