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Pictures show scale of damage after suspicious Birmingham cinema blaze

By Dayna Farrington | Birmingham | News | Published:

Photos have been released showing the scale of the fire damage at a historic West Midlands cinema, as firefighters revealed the blaze is being treated as suspicious.

A large fire ripped through the empty art deco cinema in Birmingham in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with around 50 firefighters from across the West Midlands involved in tackling the blaze.

The fire engulfed the Royalty Cinema in Harborne and images showed smoke pouring from the roof of the building, which opened as a cinema in the 1930s.

Crews had been unable to access parts of the building due to structural damage.

But the fire service later said they were treating the fire as 'suspicious' after fire investigators visited the scene.

Lee Baker, station commander for West Midlands Fire Service, also added: "Sad to see this art deco building has finally been ruined by arsonists."

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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