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Investigations launched into 'severe' Cadbury Club fire

By Thomas Parkes | Birmingham | News | Published:

Investigations have started into a "severe" fire which completely ripped through a social club for Cadbury employees in Birmingham.

Firefighters tackled the blaze on Friday evening. Photo: SnapperSK

A total of 45 firefighters rushed to the The Cadbury Club – opposite the chocolate factory – on Bournville Lane yesterday evening.

Nobody was injured as a result of the fire, which happened at around 5pm, but people nearby were evacuated from their homes as a precaution.

Firefighters at the scene. Pic: SnapperSK

The traditional brick building was "100 per cent" consumed by the blaze – with the roof badly hit, a spokesman for the fire service said.

Firefighters at the scene. Pic: SnapperSK

Water, electric and gas had to be isolated by the fire service and partners as police officers managed the cordon to keep people away.

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Firefighters at the scene. Pic: SnapperSK

Now investigations are being carried out into the cause of the blaze as firefighters remain on the scene to damp down and watch for any flare ups.

Firefighters at the scene. Pic: SnapperSK

Bournville Lane between Linden Road and Franklin Way remained closed at 7.50am on Saturday following the blaze.

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Firefighters at the scene. Pic: SnapperSK

Footage on social media filmed from across the city showed flames and black smoke pouring out of the building.

Firefighters at the scene. Pic: SnapperSK

Crews from Kings Norton, Bournbrook, Northfield, Billesley, Highgate, Woodgate, Smethwick, and Oldbury were sent to the scene.

Firefighters at the scene. Pic: SnapperSK

The Cadbury Club was set up more than three decades ago for employees of the chocolate company.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Senior Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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