Major incident declared in Wolverhampton as 100 firefighters tackle huge blaze at factories

A major incident has been declared as more than 100 firefighters tackled a huge overnight blaze which has torn through several derelict factories, leading to the evacuation of homes.

Roads remain closed and train lines blocked 12 hours after a huge fire broke out in Wolverhampton last night.

The fire in Lower Horseley Fields engulfed multiple factory units, measuring a total of approximately 200m x 200m.

Residents have been evacuated to two nearby leisure centres, due to the amount of smoke.

Road closures remain in place on Lower Walsall Street, Lower Horseley Fields, and Colliery Road, and rail passengers are urged to check before travelling.

More than 30 of West Midlands Fire engines were at the scene - with five fire engines currently remaining at the scene.

Two hydraulic platforms are also being used as crews continued to tackle the blaze throughout the night.

The fire was declared a major incident at about 10pm on 5 December, owing to the size and its proximity to the nearby railway line and houses.

The service is warning nearby residents to keep windows and doors closed.

The latest update issued by West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service:

"Crews have continued to fight the fire throughout the night. More than 30 of our appliances have been in attendance and as of this morning, we have five fire engines, two hydraulic platforms and two of our high volume water pumping units on scene.

We've worked closely with Police, Ambulance, and local authorities throughout the incident, with several multi-agency briefings taking place throughout the night.

Relief plans are being created as we look to draw the incident to a safe conclusion.

Road closures remain in place, and will for some time, as our resources require access in and out of the incident area. Lower Walsall Street, Lower Horseley Fields, and Colliery Road are all currently closed."