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Fire crews tackle severe blaze at Walsall Leisure Centre

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Up to nine West Midlands Fire Service appliances are currently in attendance at a now disused Leisure Centre in Walsall this evening following a fire.

In a Tweet West Midlands Fire Service described the incident as 'severe.' More updates to follow:

Final fire strikes in latest round over next two hours

Firefighters wil strike for 2 hours from midday until 2pm in a row over pensions and retirement age Credit: PA

Firefighters across the region will walk out for the next two hours for the last time in the latest round of industrial action over pensions and raising their retirement age.

The Fire Brigades' Union is campaigning against controversial changes it believes will force firemen and women to work into their late 50s or into their 60s.

Brigades across the region are tweeting advice to the public to ensure they stay safe during the strike.

The government has previously said strike action is disrupting talks and will damage firefighter's reputations

Man drags mattress onto street to help woman caught in flat fire

A local resident from Tipton has described the moment he dragged his mattress from his bedroom onto the street for a neighbour to jump onto after a flat fire.

Two people escaped the blaze, which was described as 'serious'.

More than 20 firefighters tackled the fire overnight.

Gurvinder Takhar has been speaking to ITV News Central about the moment.


Couple escape serious flat fire in Tipton overnight

A couple have escaped a serious flat fire in Tividale in Tipton overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the blaze just after 11:30pm yesterday.

More than 20 firefighters tackled the blaze.

Crews arrived on scene to find a property already well ablaze.

Two people, believed to be in their thirties, had apparently jumped to safety from a third floor window.

A woman was treated for smoke inhalation and conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Medics also treated a man for a fractured leg. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, leg splint and placed on an orthopaedic stretcher before being taken to Russells Hall Hospital.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

20 firefighters tackle flat blaze overnight in Tipton

More than 20 firefighters attended a serious fire in a block of flats in Tividale in Tipton overnight.

It happened during the latest wave of firefighters strikes.

This was a serious fire in a low-rise block of flats, which had the potential to be a great deal worse.

It happened half-way through the latest one-hour strike by firefighters. However, our contingency plans were in place which meant that we were able to send five fire crews and one of our hydraulic platforms to the scene. They quickly put in place assertive tactics to deal with the fire safely and effectively.

At the end of the strike, when our night crews returned to duty across the brigade at midnight, a number attended the scene to support our contingency arrangements.

The fire affected all of the flat in which it started. Our expert fire investigators will be looking into what caused it.

– Area Commander Simon Shilton (Emergency Response) of WMFS

A man and a woman jumped from third storey windows to escape the blaze. Both were treated at the scene and taken to hospital.

Firefighters in Midlands walk out over pensions dispute

Firefighters will strike later today Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Firefighters in the Midlands will walk out today in a week of strike action in a dispute over pensions.

They will walk out between 12noon and 2:00pm and then between 11:00pm and midnight.

The government has previously said strike action is disrupting talks and will damage firefighters' reputation.

Eight consecutive days of firefighter strikes to begin

Firefighters also went on strike last Thursday Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Firefighters across the region are starting eight consecutive days of strike action over what they call the Government's 'vicious' pension attacks.

The Fire Brigades Union said firefighters will walk out today at 6am for two hours and then for another two hours between 5 and 7pm.

They're slamming current proposals by the government as 'unacceptable, unworkable, unrealistic'.

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