Fire crews from across the West Midlands are tackling a large fire at a factory in Winson Green.

45 firefighters from West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service raced to the scene on Western Road, Winson Green, this afternoon (Saturday, July 20). However, they have been unable to enter the building so far because they have no fire safety record for it and do not know what it is.

Access to several hospitals in the area has also been limited due to the amount of smoke in the air. City Hospital is open but road access is restricted. Ambulances can still access the hospital but no other motorists are being permitted to travel past a newly erected cordon.

People living nearby are being urged to close doors and windows as a precaution.