Sandwell Factory Fire

A factory is on fire in Sandwell. 100 firefighters are in attendance at Alcohols Ltd on Crosswell Road in Langley.

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Alcohols Ltd to hold meeting with residents over asbestos concerns

Alcohols Ltd will hold a meeting with residents tonight after concerns were raised over asbestos on the site.

Denise and Mark Annetts live opposite the factory. They were let back into their home after three days staying with relatives. The side of their house has been left blackened by the smoke, and windows have been damaged. The fire is now out, but they are still worried about the factory itself.


MD of burnt down factory apologises to nearby residents

The managing director of a Black Country factory which burnt down last week has apologised to residents living nearby. Many homes had to be evacuated and houses next to the site were damaged, with windows melting in the intense heat.

More than a hundred firefighters were needed to tackle the blaze at Alcohols Limited on Crosswells Road in Oldbury on Monday last week. It spread quickly to a nearby warehouse containing chemicals, and took fire crews more than 24 hours to put out.

Today the managing director of Alcohols Ltd, Adam Wallis, told ITV Central that he recognised the fire was traumatic for residents, and he was very sorry.

Statement issued on fire in Sandwell

We are indebted to the swift response of the emergency services for getting the fire under control. At this stage our thoughts are very much with all the residents who have been displaced by the fire and we are focussed on working with the emergency services and Council to ensure that the site is safe, power can be restored and people can return to their houses.

We have one employee who was injured in the accident and is being treated for burns...

Accident investigators are now on site and we are awaiting their findings."

– Adam Wallis, Managing Director, Alcohols Ltd


Residents allowed to return home after Oldbury fire extinguished

Nearly 200 residents will be allowed to return to their homes this morning, now that the Oldbury factory fire has been extinguished.

Those that had to leave their homes spent the night in evacuation centres.

Police and fire crews arrived at the scene at 10am yesterday (26th November)

The fire was extinguished at around 3am this morning (27th November).

Roads immediatley around the factory were closed due to the risk of explosion. One man was treated in hospital for burn injuries to his hands and back.

Some roads do still remain closed this morning whilst the emergency services clear the site, they are:

• Crosswells road between the junctions Thompson Road and Bloxcidge Street

• Hall Street

• Vicarage Street

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