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Replica Anglo-Saxon house destroyed in "suspicious" fire

Staff from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust at the scene of the blaze Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

Volunteers who've painstakingly constructed a replica Anglo-Saxon house in Nottinghamshire have been left devastated after it was destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

The wooden hut known as a Grubenhaus was found burnt to the ground at Skylarks Nature Reserve close to the Holme Pierrepont Country Park near Nottingham.

The blaze has left volunteers who built the hut devastated Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne
The reserve is owned by Notts Wildlife Trust Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

The building was designed to match the archaeological remains of a wooden structure previously unearthed at the site. The team of volunteers built it by hand using traditional methods dating back nine hundred years. They had been working on the project for eighteen months.

Volunteers working on the replica hut Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

Police are investigating the fire. The Trust say they won't be beaten by the vandals and will continue the project undeterred.

Investigators believe huge factory fire was started deliberately

Fire investigators believe a huge factory blaze in Wolverhampton last week was started deliberately.

Investigators believe this fire was started deliberately Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

More than 100 firefighters attended the fire on Wobaston Road in Fordhouses during the night on Wednesday 25 January.

The fire involved an entire factory and its stores of paper, plus a significant amount of stored chemicals.

Watch: Firefighters tackle major factory fire


Investigation under way after Bromsgrove fire

Credit: West Midlands Fire

Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire at a wax recycling plant on the Saxon Industrial Estate in Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove late last night. A total of 15 fire engines with 65 firefighters attended the scene and fire crews remain on site this morning, working with colleagues from the Police, Ambulance, Environment agency and Public Health England, to resolve the incident. Area Commander Keith Chance said:

“Due to the swift and professional actions of fire crews, working in a very hazardous environment, we have been able to prevent the fire from destroying surrounding businesses and ensure nobody was hurt.”

– Area Commander Keith Chance

The cause of the fire is as yet unknown and an investigation is on-going.

Entire unit destroyed in large fire

Our reporter, Charlotte Cross, is at the scene of a large fire in Bromsgrove this evening.

It appears an entire unit at Saxon Business Park in Stoke Prior has been destroyed by the blaze.


Large fire at business park in Bromsgrove

Firefighters are currently dealing with a large fire at Saxon Business Park on Hanbury Road, in Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue service are advising people who live nearby to close windows and doors.

'Large fire' at recycling plant in Oldbury

Fire in Oldbury Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

25 firefighters have been tackling a large fire at a recycling plant in Oldbury overnight.

Crews from West Midlands Fire Service were called just before midnight to the fire at the site on Trinity Street.

Fire in Oldbury Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

The fire service said there was no toxic smoke, but are advising people to keep doors and window closed as a precaution.

They tweeted the fire is now being scaled down:

Fire in Oldbury Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
Fire in Oldbury Credit: West Midlands Fire Service
Fire in Oldbury Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

15 children among those evacuated from building after basement fire

Aston Fire Station have confirmed 15 children and 22 adults were evacuated from a building after a electrical fire in the basement of a building in Birmingham.

Damage caused to electrical fuse board following basement fire in block of flats Credit: Aston Fire Station
White watch respond to an electrical basement fire, 22 adults and 15 children evacuated from block. Credit: Aston Fire Station
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