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Six Diamond buses destroyed in Tividale depot arson attack - PICTURES and VIDEO

By Dayna Farrington | Oldbury | Crime | Published:

Six buses have been destroyed in a fire which is being treated as arson.

Dramatic photos show the damage caused by the fire at Diamond Buses last night. Photo: John Kennett/West Midlands Fire Service

Twenty firefighters were called out after 9.30pm last night to the Diamond Buses depot, off Temple Way, in Tividale.

A total of six scrap buses were involved in the fire, which West Midlands Fire Service say is believed to be arson.

Dramatic photos show the damage caused by the fire at Diamond Buses last night. Photo: John Kennett/West Midlands Fire Service

Dramatic photos and videos from the scene show the damage caused at the site overnight.

Dramatic photos show the damage caused by the fire at Diamond Buses last night. Photo: John Kennett/West Midlands Fire Service

West Midlands Police confirmed they are investigating a suspected arson attack at the site and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Diamond Buses said a full investigation is underway.

WATCH: The damage caused to the buses in Tividale overnight

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A spokesman from West Midlands Fire Service said: "Five of our crews were called out at 9:39pm last night to a number of scrap buses on fire on at a a bus depot on Temple Way in Tividale.

"The fire initially involved one scrap bus in an outdoor yard which was well alight. It then spread to five other scrap buses at the site.

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"We used 2 hose reel jets, one main water jet and two firefighters were using breathing apparatus.

"The fire is believed to have been started deliberately and the incident is believed to be arson. We requested West Midlands Police to attend.

"The incident was left with the site management."

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "Police are investigating a suspected arson attack on buses at the Autobase Industrial Estate on Tipton Road in Tividale yesterday.

"Officers were contacted by the West Midlands Fire Service at around 9.40pm after four buses were set on fire."

A spokesman from Diamond Buses added: "We can confirm that six vehicles were damaged in a fire at the Diamond depot off John’s Lane and Temple Way, in Tividale, last night.

"The incident is being treated as arson and a full investigation is under way."

Twenty firefighters attended the scene, with crews from Oldbury, Dudley, West Bromwich and Tipton were in attendance at the fire.

Firefighters left the scene at around 11pm last night.

Anyone with information or who witnessed the arson attack, is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101 quoting incident number 2638 of January 24.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Pictures from the scene this morning show the damage to the buses. Photo Tim Thursfield
Pictures from the scene this morning show the damage to the buses. Photo Tim Thursfield

More to follow.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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