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Advice to residents following Birmingham high-rise fire

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West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service has issued advice for tenants of high-rise tower blocks following a suspected arson attack in the city earlier today.

Area Commander Ben Brook said:

“We understand that around 750 people live in the tower block, but that no-one was injured. Following the Grenfell Tower fire in London last month, today’s incident was understandably shocking for everyone concerned. Our firefighters will be carrying out Safe and Well checks for residents of Cleveland Tower and providing reassurance."

"I would urge all residents of high-rise blocks, in the West Midlands and across the country, to make themselves aware of the evacuation procedure that applies in their building. This should be communicated by the landlord."

“It is also important that lobbies, stairwells and communal areas are kept free of clutter and combustible materials. I urge everyone living in tower blocks to have a plan of what to do should a fire start in their own flat or elsewhere in the building.”

– Area Commander Ben Brook

The following advice has been issued in case there’s a fire in your flat:

  • Plan and practise an escape route with anyone you live with – it’s usually your normal way in or out
  • Close doors behind you as you leave activate the fire alarm if you can do so safely
  • Don’t use lifts to get out
  • Stay out the building
  • Call 999If there’s a fire in another part of the building
  • know your landlord’s advice, which may be ‘stay put’ or evacuate
  • Fire safety standards mean individual flats should be safe from fire for 30-60 minutesIf you do stay put
  • Call 999
  • Use wet towels or sheets to fill gaps around doors and seal out smoke
  • Smoke rises, so stay low if there’s no smoke outside,
  • Open a window slightly to let smoke out but try to avoid breaking the window as you might need to close it later.


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Replica Anglo-Saxon house destroyed in "suspicious" fire

Staff from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust at the scene of the blaze Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

Volunteers who've painstakingly constructed a replica Anglo-Saxon house in Nottinghamshire have been left devastated after it was destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

The wooden hut known as a Grubenhaus was found burnt to the ground at Skylarks Nature Reserve close to the Holme Pierrepont Country Park near Nottingham.

The blaze has left volunteers who built the hut devastated Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne
The reserve is owned by Notts Wildlife Trust Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

The building was designed to match the archaeological remains of a wooden structure previously unearthed at the site. The team of volunteers built it by hand using traditional methods dating back nine hundred years. They had been working on the project for eighteen months.

Volunteers working on the replica hut Credit: ITV Central/PeterBearne

Police are investigating the fire. The Trust say they won't be beaten by the vandals and will continue the project undeterred.

Investigators believe huge factory fire was started deliberately

Fire investigators believe a huge factory blaze in Wolverhampton last week was started deliberately.

Investigators believe this fire was started deliberately Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

More than 100 firefighters attended the fire on Wobaston Road in Fordhouses during the night on Wednesday 25 January.

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

Watch: Firefighters tackle major factory fire

Investigation under way after Bromsgrove fire

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Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire at a wax recycling plant on the Saxon Industrial Estate in Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove late last night. A total of 15 fire engines with 65 firefighters attended the scene and fire crews remain on site this morning, working with colleagues from the Police, Ambulance, Environment agency and Public Health England, to resolve the incident. Area Commander Keith Chance said:

“Due to the swift and professional actions of fire crews, working in a very hazardous environment, we have been able to prevent the fire from destroying surrounding businesses and ensure nobody was hurt.”

– Area Commander Keith Chance

The cause of the fire is as yet unknown and an investigation is on-going.

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