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Wednesfield factory fire: Destruction revealed after huge blaze

By Liam Keen | Wednesfield | News | Published:

This is the scene of destruction today as firefighters work to quell a huge factory fire in Wolverhampton.

The aftermath of the fire.

More than 24 hours since a huge factory fire broke out in Wednesfield, crews remain at the scene today.

Around 75 firefighters tackled the blaze at an industrial unit in Planetary Road in the early hours of New Year's Day.

The fire is believed to have started at one unit of the two storey factory before spreading, severely damaging five units in the process.

WATCH: Crews outline how the fire was tackled

The fire began at around 2.45am and crews attended the scene throughout the morning of New Year's Day.

Crews have been working at the site for more than 24 hours and show no sign of leaving soon with firefighters expected to have worked throughout the night and into this morning.

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Images from yesterday, more than 30 hours after the blaze broke out, show four fire engines and 20 fire fighters still on hand dealing with the incident.

Smoke was still rising from within many of the units and the incredible damage to the factory could be seen with the charred remains of the contents of the units laying bare.

The aftermath of the fire.

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The roof of one of the units had also partially collapsed and was caving in on itself.

The fire had already been put out but crews have been working tirelessly to dampen down the area.

WATCH: The scale of the damage

Firefighters remain at scene of Wednesfield factory fire
The aftermath of the fire within one of the units.

They were assisted by an incident support unit vehicle and a hydraulic lift to assess the damage to the building, while structural engineers worked to make the building safe.

Officers confirmed that the job was beginning to scale down and once their work was done, it would be handed over to the company that has been affected to begin a salvage operation.

Firefighters were still on hand the following day.

All five units are believed to be owned by Wolverhampton-based data handling company EDM.

Gordon Nelson, EDM’s UK chief operating officer, said: “We are pleased that no-one was hurt in the incident and we are extremely grateful to the fire service for their professionalism and commitment. EDM is a strong, international, multi-sited business and we are well progressed with our disaster recovery plans for this site, which will be operational from Thursday, January 3.”

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Sports Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Sports journalist at the Express & Star, primarily covering Walsall FC and grassroots sport across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319456.

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