Thick black smoke seen overnight as firefighters battle blaze at supermarket building in Birmingham

The fire broke out at a supermarket in Saltley Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Around 80 firefighters are fighting a blaze at a supermarket in Birmingham and have prevented it spreading to a neighbouring school.

At least three fire engines, a 4x4 brigade response unit, and 20 firefighters remain on site this morning after the blaze had been to identify and extinguish hotspots.

It comes as 19 crews were sent to Zeenat supermarket on Alum Rock Road, near Thorton Road shortly after 6:30 this evening.

The fire at the supermarket in Saltley remains active and has spread to flats above the store.

West Midlands Fire Service said Thornton Primary School had been kept safe, although the school has announced that it will be closed to pupils on Tuesday (September 20).

Drone footage captures the extent of the fire in Birmingham

At 6:43pm on Monday 19 September firefighters were called to the scene on Alum Rock Road, Saltley.

The fire has been significantly scaled down after it spread to flats above the supermarket, however, crews on site are dealing with a roof collapse and the potential collapse of a wall, according to West Midlands Fire Service.

People are still being urged to avoid the area and local residents keep windows and doors closed.

The following roads remain closed:

  • St Agathas Road

  • Alum Rock railway bridge

  • Woodhall Road

  • Bankdale Road

  • Thornton Road

  • Washwood Heath Road

  • Chetwyn Road

  • Alum Rock Road

  • Beanie Lane

West Midlands Fire Service says it is working hard to reopen some of the roads.

West Midlands Fire Service have said: "Firefighters remain at the scene of the Fire on Alum Rock Road, investigations are ongoing into the cause of the Fire.

"Please avoid the area and we ask local residents to keep their doors and windows closed, thank you for your support."

Investigations are being carried out to determine the cause of the fire.

There have been no reported injuries.