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Man critical as two rescued from large fire at Black Country cannabis factory

A man is in a critical condition after being injured in a fire at a cannabis factory in the Black Country.

The factory fire in Brierley Hill. Photo: West Midlands Fire Service

The man was one of two people who were rescued and taken to hospital after the blaze at a unit off Leys Road in Brockmoor, Brierley Hill, at around 8pm on Thursday.

Thick plumes of smoke could be seen billowing from the roof of the premises and crews used breathing apparatus while tackling the flames.

A West Midlands Police spokesman: "We’re investigating after two men were injured following a fire at an industrial unit in Leys Road, Brierley Hill, yesterday.

"We were alerted by the fire service at around 7.30pm as the men were rescued from the unit which was being used as cannabis factory.

"One of the men has been critically injured with the other in a stable condition in hospital.

"Enquiries into the blaze are under way with our fire service colleagues and anyone with information is urged to contact us via Live Chat, or by calling 101. Quote log 3969 of 4/6/20."

Six fire crews from across Dudley and Sandwell remained at the scene until 9pm.

A spokesman for the fire service said: "We have six crews from Brierley Hill, Oldbury, Haden Cross, Stourbridge and Tipton attending a factory fire off Leys Road in Brockmoor.

"Two persons have been rescued by firefighters wearing breathing apparatus."