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Smethwick residents asked to keep doors and windows shut after fire

Residents in Smethwick have been asked to keep their doors and windows shut, after a severe fire in the area last night.

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Primary school closed for the day after fire

The Fire Service has announced that a Smethwick primary school will be shut for the day after a huge industrial fire nearby.

Wattville Primary School, on Watville Road - which is currently closed - will not open as usual today.

The fire is believed to have started at 3am this morning at the Middlemore Industrial Estate.

Emergency services are still at the scene, and the police have closed roads in the area.

Firefighters attack Smethwick blaze from the air

Firefighters tackle huge fire in Smethwick

Around 55 firefighters are dealing with a severe fire in Smethwick Credit: Handsworth Green Watch

Around 55 firefighters are dealing with a severe fire in Smethwick.

West Midlands Fire Service say the blaze broke out at around three o'clock this morning at the Middlemore Industrial Estate.

A number of nearby roads have been closed. The fire has now been brought under control.

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55 firefighters dealing with severe fire in Smethwick

Around 55 firefighters are dealing with a severe fire in Smethwick.

West Midlands Fire Service say the blaze broke out at around 3:00am at the Middlemore Industrial Estate off Wattville Road.

The fire in Smethwick Credit: Twitter/@WozzaGrant
10 fire appliances are currently at the scene Credit: Twitter/@WozzaGrant

Man dies in Smethwick crash with three others injured

A man has died and three others were injured - two seriously - after a car crash in Smethwick.

The car containing the four passengers crashed outside St Marks Community Project in Thimblemill Road shortly after 10.45pm last night (Saturday).

When ambulance staff arrived they found four occupants who had been involved in the RTC (Road Traffic Collision; three of which required immediate medical help.

One man was out of the car, in a critical condition and deteriorating quickly.

Sadly, the man went into cardiac arrest and despite the best efforts of doctors and paramedics, nothing could be done to save him and was confirmed dead on scene.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman

A second man, in his 30s, was trapped inside the wreckage and a third was trapped beneath the vehicle.

They are being treated at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

A fourth man with minor injuries was taken to Sandwell Hospital.

Family living in fear after arson attempt on their home

Chowdhury family at their home Credit: BPM Media

A family say they are living in fear after witnessing a man set fire to their home when he poured petrol through their letter box.

Marzana Chowdhury was at home with her 15 year old son Taher when she heard what sounded like running water. Then she saw a pipe had been pushed through her door and someone was pouring liquid in. She saw a man set light to her door.

The fire brigade were able to put it out before their was serious damage.

The family who have lived in the house for 20 years said they had no idea why their home was attacked.

Police are appealing for witnesses

Man to appear in court accused of Smethwick murder

A man accused of murdering Glynis Bensley, from Smethwick, has been remanded in custody.

Zoheb Majib of Cheshire Road was arrested by police in the Highgate area of Birmingham on Thursday night.

The 20-year-old appeared before Wolverhampton magistrates today where he was ordered to appear before the city’s crown court on Monday.

Glynis Bensley was found in Cheshire Road last Wednesday, just before midnight. A post-mortem examination found she died of head injuries.

Read more: Third person arrested over Smethwick murder

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