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Fire rips through Diamond Bus depot in second blaze

By Thomas Parkes | Oldbury | News | Published:

A fire which broke out at a Diamond Bus depot has "completely destroyed" four scrap vehicles.

Flames burst up and smoke billows up from the Diamond bus depot, in Tividale. Picture: Reuben Trainor

Five more vehicles were also left damaged by the blaze on John's Lane, Tividale, at 12.45am today.

It is the second blaze which has damaged vehicles in a Diamond Bus depot in recent weeks.

Thick plumes of smoke could be seen billowing into the sky in the early hours.

A total of 10 firefighters from the Black Country rushed to the scene at the off-site depot, over the road from the company's HQ, following 14 999 calls.

Sue Willdigg, spokeswoman for Diamond Bus, said: "We can confirm that a fire occurred at the Diamond Bus depot located at John’s Lane, Tividale at around 1am this morning.

"At this time, it is difficult to confirm whether seven or eight vehicles have been affected due to the extent of the damage.

Flames burst into the sky after the fire ripped through part of a scrap yard in Tividale. Picture: Reuben Trainor

"The same site had suffered from an arson attack a matter of weeks ago, where a number of other vehicles were also damaged.

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"We will be working with the authorities to establish if CCTV is available to assist identifying the cause of this latest incident."

The company had repaired damaged fencing after the previous attack and were in the process of improving securing.

It comes after a total of 15 vehicles were destroyed by the blaze – causing up to £150,000 worth of damage.

The depot is used by the company to store vehicles not used in service, with bus services not affected by the damage caused.

Two hose reel jets were used to tackle the fire at the off-site depot which was out by around 4am.

It is currently not known what caused the blaze, a spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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