West Midlands Fire Service have confirmed that a fire at a former Kings Norton music venue last night is thought to have been set deliberately.
Firefighters were called to the vacant club at around 9.30pm on Sunday (18th March) to discover “multiple seats of fire”.
Lifford Lane was closed at the Pershore Road junction while 50 firefighters – from as far away as Erdington – tackled the blaze. Thirty of the firefighters wore breathing apparatus and 4 main jets, along with 2 hose reel jets, were used to get the fire under control.
West Midlands Fire Service said this morning that the cause: “[…] is thought to be deliberate, but investigations are still being carried out.”
In an announcement in September, management of the club said that they had had to close: “due to circumstances that were totally beyond [our] control”.
At the time, the club’s management hoped to have the venue back open within 6 months, saying: “To be clear – The Roadhouse Birmingham is going nowhere – it will continue to be a live music venue in the long term.”
The Roadhouse is a well known alternative venue in the city and wider West Midlands, where many artists – local and from further afield – have performed.