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Freedom of Information

Published on 11 May 2020

Ref: FOI/20043


West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 1st May 2020

Please find below a summary of our findings.


Please could you provide details of fires and/or damage at 5G masts attended by West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service.

In each case, could you please provide the date, location, action taken by the fire service and the damage caused.


Please find below incidents of masts deliberately set on fire between January 2019 and 3rd May 2020.

date location local authority area main firefighting action damage in square metre
02/04/2020 Spring Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham Birmingham Main jet (water) 6 – 10
06/04/2020 Midland Road, Darlaston, Walsall Walsall Hosereel (water) – tank supply only 1 – 2
10/04/2020 Coleshill Heath Road, Chelmsley Wood, Solihull Solihull Main jet (water) 21 – 50
12/04/2020 Highgate Place, Highgate, Birmingham Birmingham Hosereel (water) – tank supply only 11 – 20
12/04/2020 Tollhouse Way, Smethwick Sandwell CO2  (carbon dioxide) 1 – 2
16/04/2020 The Crescent, Hockley, Birmingham Birmingham Hosereel (water) – tank supply only 3 – 5
16/04/2020 Tollhouse Way, Smethwick Sandwell CO2  (carbon dioxide) 1 – 2
25/04/2020 Rabone Lane, Smethwick Sandwell CO2  (carbon dioxide) 3 – 5

Please note

Manual searches have been carried as “5G mast” is not a property type and is not always recorded in our workbooks, searches have been carried on telecommunications mast fires and they might not be 5G. There isn’t a property type “5G mast” or “telecommunication mast” or even “mast”.  So there is possibility that some incident maybe missed.

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