Fire at former Birmingham Dogs’ Home

Many of our readers will have seen or heard about a fire in New Canal Street in Digbeth at around 06:40 on Monday.

The building that was affected was the historic site of Birmingham Dogs’ Home, which has been located in Digbeth for over 120 years. The institution was founded in 1892 on land donated by the late Sir Alfred Gooch Bart on New Canal Street. Almost a century later, the New Bartholomew Street home was officially opened by the Duchess of York in 1987.

Water was taken from the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal to help tackle the fire, in which thankfully no one was hurt. However, our community has suffered the tragic loss of a locally-listed historic building.

Although West Midlands Fire Service have confirmed that the incident is being treated as suspicious, we hope that the building will be restored to its former glory bearing the legacy of Birmingham Home for Lost and Starving Dogs.

The ruined remains of the affected building. Image: West Midlands Fire Service

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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