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50 firefighters tackle huge blaze at Brierley Hill factory

By Dayna Farrington | Brierley Hill | News | Published:

Fifty firefighters have tackled a blaze at an industrial estate in the Black Country overnight.

Around 50 firefighters tackled the blaze at its height this morning. Photo: West Midlands Fire Service

West Midlands Fire Service received several 999 calls reporting a fire at a factory at the Canalside Industrial Estate, off Wedgbury Road, in Brierley Hill, shortly before 4am this morning.

The fire had breached the roof of the building.

Residents in the area had been advised to keep their windows and doors shut due to smoke.

Crews from Brierley Hill, Stourbridge, Haden Cross, Dudley, Tipton and Bilston fire stations attended the scene.

A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said they received more than 50 calls reporting the severe factory fire in the early hours.

The fire was out just before 7am, but crews will remain on scene throughout the morning.

The extent of the damage to the factory in Brierley Hill. Photo: West Midlands Fire Service

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A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said: "At 3.47am this morning, we started to receive several 999 calls from members of the public reporting a fire on the Canalside Industrial Estate, Wedgbury Road, Brierley Hill.

"The first of our crews arrived in five minutes and, at the height of the incident, we had some 50 firefighters at the scene.

"After an hour, crews were making good progress tackling the fire in a brick and steel unit housing motorbikes. The fire had breached the roof of the unit, which was one of several in a bigger building measuring 70 by 15 metres.

"Water from a nearby canal was used as part of our efforts to bring the fire under control and extinguish it.

"Resources at the scene have now been scaled down, although we expect to have crews there through the morning."

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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