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Narrow escape as flames narrowly miss gas cylinders after 'arson attack' at Oldbury factory

Twenty firefighters tackled a blaze at a furniture factory overnight which is thought to have been started deliberately.

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Debris outside the Dreams factory off Churchbridge

The blaze broke out near a Dreams site at Oldbury's Granada Trading Estate, between Demuth Way and Churchbridge, just before 12.45am on Wednesday.

A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said investigators believe the fire was started deliberately.

"It turned out to be a fire in the open near to a factory building which involved large piles of pallets and bundles of cloth covering an area of around 20m by 20m," he said.

"The fire did enter the factory building but firefighters forced their way in and extinguished the fire inside.

The Dreams site

"There were also 30 gas cylinders close to the building but they were not involved in the fire.

"We worked with on-site staff and used a fork lift truck to move some of the fire debris."

A lane on Churchbridge was also closed while firefighters extinguished the blaze. Four fire engines were initially sent to the scene from Oldbury, Smethwick, Tipton and Haden Cross.

One crew remained at the site on Wednesday morning damping down.