Firefighters swarmed a tower in Birmingham this afternoon as a fire broke out on an upper floor. At least 20 firefighters sped to the scene of 31-storey Cleveland Tower in Birmingham city centre.  Four fire crews and an ambulance service took control of the emergency after the alarm was raised around 11.30am. Residents were told to remain inside, though some left the building using one of two emergency stairwells.

A terrified mum trapped with her dad and young son on the 27th floor of the burning high-rise said she feared another Grenfell Tower-style disaster. Kimberley Matthews frantically banged on doors to alert residents to the thick smoke filling corridors at Cleveland Tower in Birmingham city centre.

She said women were crying on stairwells as fear gripped residents stuck inside the 300ft tower block, off Holloway Head, during the suspected arson attack at around 11.30am on Saturday.  The cause of the blaze is thought to be a discarded sofa that was set alight in a rubbish chute on the 20th floor.

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