Cars wrecked after fire at Midland Metro stop car park

Six cars were engulfed in flames after a fire spread from a hedge onto vehicles at a Black Country Midland Metro stop.

Fire at Wednesbury Parkway. Credit @kate_waring
Fire at Wednesbury Parkway. Credit @kate_waring

Three fire crews were called to Wednesbury Parkway, of Leabrook North Road, at 4.19pm today.

Hose jets were used to tackle the fire, which started in a hedge line between parking bays. It was out by 5pm.

Police were called to cordon off the burned-out vehicles while fire crews investigated the cause.

The aftermath of the blaze

Jon Stratin was the first at the scene and called the fire service.

The 29-year-old, who lives in Wolverhampton, was picking up his partner from the station after finishing work at an industrial estate nearby.

Mr Stratin said: “It was crazy.

“I drove into the car park and went past where the fire was, by the time I pulled up smoke was coming in my window.

“It was a small fire, I thought will it go out on its own, but by the time I called the fire service it had engulfed two cars.

“Six cars were on fire in total.”

West Bromwich fire crews tweeted this picture showing the damage caused to at least six cars

He added: “I feel sorry for the people coming back to get the cars after a day of work.”

Mr Stratin said he was alone in the car park when the fire took hold of the cars, but minutes later when fire crews arrived a gathering of people stood to watch.

There were no injuries.

The stop is on the Metro line from Birmingham to Wolverhampton.

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