West Bromwich fire: Road closures in place as factory blaze investigation is launched

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of a major blaze at a factory in West Bromwich tackled by dozens of firefighters.

Fire crews were called at around 6.30pm on Tuesday. Photo: West Midlands Fire Service
Fire crews were called at around 6.30pm on Tuesday. Photo: West Midlands Fire Service

Between 50 and 60 firefighters descended on Tunnel Road on Tuesday evening after the fire broke out at at C&A Webb, a company that makes wood kindling products, at around 6.30pm.

West Midlands Fire Service said 12 crews had been sent to the scene, including a team with a hydraulic platform.

Fire crews at a factory blaze in Tunnel Road, West Bromwich. Photo: West Midlands Fire Service

Photos released by the fire service on Tuesday evening showed smoke pouring out of the building, while new images taken on Wednesday morning show some of the damage caused by the blaze.

Two fire crews remained at the scene of the fire on Wednesday morning, with the spread of the blaze stopped from affecting a neighbouring textiles business.

West Midlands Fire Service said crews were fighting the fire "from within"

And now investigations are under way into what caused the fire. The fire service confirmed on Tuesday there had been no casualties or injuries reported.

A spokesman for the service said: "Two fire crews remain at the scene of this overnight fire, at a company which makes wood kindling products.

Investigators are now looking into the cause of the fire

"Firefighters stopped it spreading to a neighbouring textiles business. Our investigators will today be working to establish how it started."

Sandwell Council also said on Wednesday morning that a number of nearby roads were also temporarily closed. They were Tunnel Road, New Street, Harvills Hawthorn, Harvills Hawthorn at the junction with Peters Street and Harvills Hawthorn at the junction with Dial Lane.

Fire chiefs called on people to keep their doors and windows closed as they tackled the blaze due to the large amount of smoke in the area.

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