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Eight fire engines battle fire involving multiple cars in building in Wordsley

Eight fire engines and a hydraulic platform are currently being used to deal with a fire involving multiple cars in a building.

Emergency services are warning people to avoid the incident which began on Plant Street in Wordsley near Stourbridge.

Emergency services have confirmed that the whole roof of the building has been affected. Firefighters are fighting the blaze from outside for their own safety.

Fire crews called to gas explosion in Great Barr

The explosion happened in Great Barr Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Two fire crews were called to the scene of a gas explosion in Great Barr this morning.

West Midlands fire service received a 999 call reporting the sound of an explosion just before 09:30am this morning.

Eight firefighters from West Bromwich went to the scene, where there was a small fire which was already out on arrival. Evidence suggests it was the result of a gas explosion at the semi-detached property.

The gas and electricity has been isolated and an ambulance called for precautionary checkups, although there is no suggestion that anyone has been injured at this stage.

A structural engineer has also been called to check the property.


Crews called overnight to severe factory fire in Bilston

West Midlands Fire Service Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Multiple crews from West Midlands Fire Service were involved overnight in dealing with a severe factory fire on Chestom Road in Ettingshall near Bilston.

A firefighter helps tackle the fire Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Five pumps, teams with breathing apparatus and a hydraulic platform were used to tackle the fire.


City centre road shut due to underground explosion

West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service have been called to an incident in Birmingham city centre involving an electrical underground explosion which has dislodged a quantity of paving slabs.

The emergency services were called just after 7pm.

Bennetts Hill is closed between Waterloo and New Street while the situation is dealt with.

It's not believed anyone has been injured.

Suspected gas explosion rips apart flats injuring two

Fire crews are investigating whether the blast was caused by a gas explosion Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

Two men have suffered serious burns after an explosion at a flat in Birmingham.

The emergency services were called to the flats in Northfield shortly after 8.00pm last night Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

Paramedics were called to a property on Aldersmead Road in Northfield just after 8.00pm last night. The cause of the explosion is unknown.

The flats were completely ripped apart by the blast Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers
Two men were taken to hospital with 30 percent blast injuries and burns. Another man was treated for shock. Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

One man in his 30s and another in his 20s were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

A shot looking into the kitchen of the downstairs flat, which is thought to be the source of the explosion Credit: ITV News Central/Bob Withers

Another man, thought to be in his fifties and living in the flat above where the explosion happened, is being treated for shock and is being cared for by his family.

Woman dies in house fire

West Midlands Fire Service has confirmed that crews found an elderly woman dead in her home as they attended reports of a fire in Harborne yesterday.

Firefighters were called to a first floor flat on Harborne Park Road. Upon further investigation they discovered the smell of smoke was coming from the ground floor and found a woman's body.

Area Commander Shilton said: “Sadly, in spite of our crews getting to the scene in just over six minutes, the lady had already passed away. Our own investigators will be working with the police to establish exactly what happened. Our sympathies are with the lady’s family and friends.”

Firefighters are repeating calls for people to remain vigilant during the current 96-hour strike by firefighters which runs until 6pm on Tuesday.

More than 40 fires in West Mids during first hours of strike

West Midlands Fire Service have admitted the first 12 hours of a 96 hour strike by members of the Fire Bridgades Union were "challenging".

The service has released a list of every incident attended by 17 available appliances working in the region last night.

At 7:11pm, crews attended a fatal house fire in Wednesbury but firefighters say the fire started before the strike action had begun.

  • Incidents 6pm-7am:
  • 1801 Perry Barr, fire involving food on grill
  • 1812 Dudley, saucepan on cooker
  • 1837 Kings Norton, controlled burning
  • 1851 Cradley Heath, conifers ignited by firework
  • 1859 Coventry, road traffic collision, car and motorbike, one man released using small tools
  • 1911 Wednesbury, fatal fire: sadly, an eldery man appears to have been overcome by smoke from a slow-burning accidental fire involving smoking materials. The fire, in the kitchen of a terraced house, was out when we arrived. We believe this fire occurred several hours earlier.
  • 1945 Wombourne, Staffs, fire in a stable
  • 1950 Bordesley, small fire at disused factory
  • 1956 Sutton, false alarm
  • 1957 Shirley, bin fire
  • 2006 Birmingham, bin fire
  • 2017 Birmingham, fire in car engine
  • 2026 Edgbaston, false alarm
  • 2034 Kings Heath, food on cooker, fire out on arrival
  • 2056 Birmingham, greenhouse fire, possibly started by firework
  • 2115 Harborne, false alarm
  • 2120 Edgbaston, false alarm
  • 2127 Birmingham, firework through letterbox, out on our arrival
  • 2140 Oldbury, false alarm
  • 2149 Birmingham, small fire on cooker
  • 2155 Balsall Heath, false alarm
  • 2205 Wolverhampton, domestic lock-out
  • 2214 Birmingham, recycling bin fire
  • 2245 Coventry, false alarm
  • 2300 Birmingham, recycling bin fire
  • 2345 Birmingham, two vehicles on fire
  • 2359 Birmingham, bin fire
  • 0119 Hockley, false alarm
  • 0138 Stretchford, lamppost on fire
  • 0142 Birmingham, recycling bins on fire
  • 0212 Great Bridge, false alarm
  • 0234 Edgbaston, false alarm
  • 0235 Tipton, car fire
  • 0239 West Heath, Birmingham, recycling bin fire
  • 0245 Dudley, false alarm
  • 0309 Palfrey, false alarm
  • 0310 Tipton, road traffic collision/police incident. Our personnel treated two casualties at scene
  • 0312 Walsall, factory fire in three-storey building measuring 90m x 90m. Crews were there for approximately three hours
  • 0316 Lozells, false alarm
  • 0329 Wolverhampton, false alarm
  • 0403 Cradley, chip pan fire in flat
  • 0527 Ladywood, false alarm
  • 0553 Sutton Coldfield, alarms
  • 0607 Birmingham, false alarm equipment
  • 0611 Birmingham, car fire
  • 0631 Wolverhampton, fire in the open
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