Date Published : December 29th, 2015 Published By : admin
Fire-fighters from West Midlands Fire Service have been fighting a blaze at a listed building which, according to local reports, has more recently been used as a swingers club.
The two-storey 17th century Stratford House near Highgate, Birmingham was badly damaged by the fire, which was discovered at around 11pm last night.
Twenty-two fire-fighters of West Midlands Fire Service were committed to the blaze. Units of the fire service from stations at Highgate, Ladywood, Bournbrook and Hay Mills were alerted.
Watch Commander, Eve Greenhouse said: “At about 11pm last night four appliances turned out to the fire here with an aerial appliance to tackle a fire in the top section on the first floor. Nobody was here, it was closed for Christmas.”
Fire and police investigators are investigating the cause of the fire. WC Greenhouse added: “We still don’t know the possible causes. Police are helping us with investigations, they are just assisting our fire and research investigation team.”
(Pic: West Midland Fire Service)
The Grade-II listed building in Stratford Place was transformed into the Tudor Lounge Club last January, for swingers and adult parties complete with its own downstairs fetish dungeon.
Fire crews said nobody was inside the building at the time as the private members’ club had been closed for the Christmas break. The structure of the building has been assessed as sound by the fire brigade.