70 firefighters battle major blaze at Wolverhampton wedding venue

Around 70 firefighters have been tackling a major fire at a banqueting centre and wedding venue near a main road in Wolverhampton.

Smoke could be seen billowing into the sky from the International Conference & Banqueting Centre (ICB). Photo: West Midlands Fire Service
Smoke could be seen billowing into the sky from the International Conference & Banqueting Centre (ICB). Photo: West Midlands Fire Service

A total of 10 fire crews from across the region were called out to tackle the blaze on Fox's Lane, near to the A449 Stafford Road.

The call came in at 10.30am on Sunday with plumes of smoke emerging from the International Conference & Banqueting Centre (ICB).

A row of fire engines could be seen on the street as crews fought the blaze at the site, which claims to have been voted "West Midlands Wedding Venue of the Year" last year.

West Midlands Fire Service are tackling a large fire inside Wolverhampton's International Conference and Banqueting Centre. Photo: SnapperSK
Officers were seen cutting into the side of the building to make accessing the blaze easier. Photo credit: WMFS

Specialist technical rescue officers were seen cutting into the side of the building to gain access as fire chiefs urged people to avoid the area if possible.

A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said: "We are currently dealing with a large incident at Fox's Lane, Heathtown in Wolverhampton.

"We have 10 appliances plus specialist equipment in use. Please avoid this area if possible if you are local to this incident."

Fire engines lined the street as firefighters tackled the blaze. Photo: SnapperSK
West Midlands Fire Service are tackling a large fire inside Wolverhampton's International Conference and Banqueting Centre. Photo: West Midlands Fire Service
West Midlands Fire Service are tackling a large fire inside Wolverhampton's International Conference and Banqueting Centre. Photo: West Midlands Fire Service

An incident response vehicle from West Midlands Ambulance Service was also present, but it is believed nobody was injured in the blaze and everyone has been accounted for according to the fire service.

Firefighters were continuing to battle the blaze into the afternoon.

West Midlands Fire Service are tackling a large fire inside Wolverhampton's International Conference and Banqueting Centre. Photo: West Midlands Fire Service
West Midlands Fire Service are tackling a large fire inside Wolverhampton's International Conference and Banqueting Centre. Photo: SnapperSK
A West Midlands Ambulance Service incident response vehicle as on standby. Photo: SnapperSK
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