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Crews to remain at scene of major factory fire all day

Area Commander Steve Taylor described the fire as “intense”. Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Fire crews in Wolverhampton are expecting to remain at the scene of a major factory fire until tomorrow (Friday 27 January).

The fire broke out at Wobaston Road in Fordhouses last night and at its height, more than 100 firefighters were involved in tackling it.

This has now been scaled down to 25 but the cause of the fire has yet to be established.

Twenty fire engines and 100 firefighters were used. Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

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

Area Commander Steve Taylor said “Our crews faced significant challenges, including a damaged gas main...inside the affected building."

The service worked throughout the night but said fortunately "the wind direction was in our favour."

Firefighters were also working to protect a neighbouring aerospace company. Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

As well as the safety of our crews and protecting the neighbouring site, our priorities included limiting the effects on the environment.

The paper was allowed to burn under control, to minimise the amount of water used and the potential spread of chemicals stored on the site. We also ensured that the nearby road was reopened in time for the morning rush hour.

– Area Commander Steve Taylor

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