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Fire at old Sandwell College building in Smethwick

Firefighter were called to the scene on Crocketts Lane this morning Credit: ITV News Central

Firefighters are tackling a fire at the old Sandwell College in Smethwick.

Fire crews were called to the scene at 4.43am.

West Midlands Fire Service told ITV News six fire engines are currently tackling the blaze, which is in a three storey derelict building.

Free smoke alarms for private landlords

Private landlords will be able to claim free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for rented properties at Cannock Fire Station later.

From 1st October 2015 landlords across the country will be required to install and check smoke alarms in a bid to prevent fire deaths and injuries.

New regulations surrounding smoke alarms come into force from October Credit: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

The event, where landlords will be able to find out about the new government regulations, is on between 11am and 1pm.


Two saved from severe fire in Black Country shop

Two people were led to saved by firefighters from a severe fire in a flat above a shop in the Black Country.

The blaze started in the living area above the retail unit in Messenger Road, Smethwick, during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Two people were rescued from the blaze Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

The living room was completely gutted and firefighters using breath apparatus helped rescue the pair. The flat was gutted by flames and filled with thick smoke.

About 20 firefighters from Smethwick, Ladywood, Handsworth and West Bromwich were at the scene.

The flat was gutted by the fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

The cause of the fire is not yet known and there are no know injuries.

The flat was gutted by the fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Firefighters tackling large factory fire in Derbyshire

Firefighters are dealing with a large factory fire in Derbyshire.

Eight fire engines are currently at the scene on Sawpit Lane in Tibshelf, just off junction 28 of the M1.

Drivers are being warned to expect reduced visibility.

Man arrested on suspicion of arson after Redditch fire

The fire started in the middle of a block of flats on Winslow Close in Redditch. Credit: West Mercia Police

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire began at a block of flats in Winslow Close, Redditch.

The fire which was reported at 7pm on Saturday caused around sixty residents to be evacuated from their homes.

One person required hospital treatment for smoke inhalation and several others have been re-housed in temporary accommodation due to smoke damage.

It is believed that the fire started at a property in the middle of the block but fortunately the fire was contained and did not cause any major damage.


Scene of fire too dangerous for investigators

Fire scene to dangerous for investigators Credit: ITV News Central

Investigations have not been able to begin on establishing how a major fire that completely destroyed a building at the University of Nottingham started because the site is too dangerous to examine.

The fire ripped through the building on the University's Jubilee Campus on Friday night. It was still under construction due to be new chemistry facilities and part funded by the pharmaceuticals firm Glaxo Smith Kline.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue have been working continuously at the scene since Friday and still have one crew there.

Fire at Wilkinson in Nuneaton town centre

Crews from Atherstone, Bedworth, Polesworth, Hinckley and Nuneaton as well crews from West Midlands Fire Service have been working to put a fire out in the Wilkinson homeware store in Nuneaton town centre.

Solihull fire is at electrical sub station at rear of hotel

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