Early-hours blaze rips through Black Country factory
Dozens of firefighters tackled a huge factory fire in the Black Country.
Flames towered into the sky as the blaze ripped through the building on the Doulton Industrial Estate in Rowley Regis in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Dramatic images showed the derelict factory completely engulfed by fire.
Firefighters pumped water from the nearby Dudley Canal to help them fight the flames but the building was gutted by the flames.
Investigators remain at the scene today as they try to establish the cause of the blaze, which started at around midnight.
West Midlands Fire Service provided updates on Twitter as crews battled to bring the fire under control.
It said: "WMFS crews are dealing with a severe factory unit fire on the Doulton Industrial Estate, Cradley Heath.
"Access is restricted to Doulton Rd, caution required due to hose ramps. Seven fire appliances, HP in attendance with water being pumped from the local canal.
"Good progress is being made, with use of our water tower, being supplied from Dudley Canal. West Mids Police and Ambulance in attendance and our Fire Investigators are working to determine the cause. We will be working with businesses to support them to keep business continuity."
A further update this morning said: "One of our aerial platforms, a fire engine and their crews remain at the site of a severe fire in a factory overnight on Doulton Road, Cradley Heath. Investigations into how it started continue."
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