Fire sweeps through derelict office block in Old Hill

By Luke Bartlett | Cradley Heath | News | Published:

A fire which broke out on the first floor of a two-storey derelict office block saw crews working to tackle the blaze.

The damage caused to the building. Picture: West Midlands Fire Service

Firefighters from Oldbury Fire, Haden Cross and Tipton Fire braved wet and testing conditions to put the fire out at the building in Cox's Lane, Old Hill.

Crews took to the scene after receiving a call shortly after 7pm on Friday and used a hydraulic platform to help distinguish the flames.

After spending nearly two hours working on the old and battered building firefighters left the scene shortly before 9pm.

A return inspection was made shortly after midnight where a thermal imaging camera detected no hot spots.

A West Midlands Fire spokesperson said: "There is nothing to say it was arson.

Fire crews at the scene. Picture: West Midlands Fire Service

"It was a fire on the first floor of a two-storey traditionally built derelict office block. Two hose reel jets and one main jet were used.

"It is all closed now. They went back out at just after midnight and carried out an inspection using a thermal imaging camera and no hot spots were found so the incident was closed."

Luke Bartlett

By Luke Bartlett
Trainee Reporter - @lbartlett_star

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