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New photos show extensive fire damage to Pensnett firm's building after early morning blaze

A huge fire at a Kingswinford trading estate has left a building ruined and caused ongoing transport disruption.

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Drone shot shows damage caused by the blaze to an industrial unit at Pensnett Industrial Estate

The fire broke out at a unit on Pensnett Trading Estate on First Avenue in the early hours of Thursday morning, with around 60 firefighters and 12 engines from across the region battle called at around 4am.

A video taken by a witness showed the severity of the fire, with flames clearly visible through the windows, doors and shuttered entranceway and smoke pouring out into the air from the unit.

West Midlands Fire Service confirmed later in the morning that parts of the two-storey unit had collapsed and while the fire was under control, it wasn't fully extinguished, with a burning smell still lingering in the air hours later.

The severity of the fire meant that all gates to the trading estate were closed as crews continued to work on the fire, with cars from West Midlands Police also visible at entrances.

The fire and smoke could be seen for the roads passing by the estate. Photo: Ray Burston

It meant that companies operating inside the estate were unable to open during the morning and traffic was also affected, with long queues seen on both Stallings Lane and Dudley Road.

A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said: "Shortly after 4am on (Thursday) 30 November, we responded to Pensnett Trading Estate on First Avenue, Kingswinford.

"Twelve fire engines crewed by around 60 firefighters from Black Country fire stations attended the scene. Two hydraulic aerial platforms were also mobilised.