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Watch: Footage from the scene as roads are closed in Cradley while fire crews deal with blaze

West Midlands Fire Service crews were called out to deal with a blaze in Cradley on Thursday evening.

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The fire caused Mogul Lane and part of Park Lane to be closed and diversions were put in place.

The fire was believed to be on the premises of the Netherend Neighbourhood Centre. The building has been empty for four years, it was under Dudley Council control before being leased to Netherend Neighbourhood Association, but the charity folded in March 2020, and it has been empty since June 2020.

A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said: "There is a fire in a derelict community centre in Netherend. We have several crews on the scene."

Black Country Festival organiser Dave Brownhill, at the scene said: "The old community centre is on fire, it is a shame, I suppose the kids are off and this is the result."

Several fire engines were seen on the corner of Park Lane and Mogul Lane.

Motorists were told to avoid the area whilst the fire service dealt with the blaze

Netherend Neighbourhood Centre has been empty for four years

The building, which has has halls and several rooms as well as a 25 vehicle car park, was put up for sale last year for £185,000 by Dudley Council.

Netherend Neighbourhood Centre was put up for sale last year