Caravan and rubbish fire – Lower Horsley Fields, Wolverhampton

Five fire crews are tackling a caravan and rubbish fire under a bridge archway on Lower Horsley Fields, Wolverhampton.

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Published on 8 March 2023
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Lower Horseley Fields, Wolverhampton, UK

This morning at 08:00am we were called to reports of a caravan on fire beneath an archway of a bridge off Lower Horsley Fields, Wolverhampton.

The incident involves a caravan and a large quantity of rubbish well alight beneath the bridge archway.

Due to 999eye footage received by Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control, our team mobilised additional resources, prior to firefighters’ arrival.

Crews currently have 1 main jet and three hose reel jets tackling the blaze.

Due to smoke affecting the rail line, which runs over the bridge above the incident, a stoppage of rail travel has been requested. This will affect rail travel through this area and result in delays or cancellations of nearby rail services. Please follow Transport for West Midlands for rail travel updates.

Lower Horseley Fields is also closed in both directions to allow safe working for our crews.

No casualties are reported at this time.

West Midlands Police, British Transport Police and West Midlands Ambulance are all in attendance.

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Crews are making progress at this incident, which is confirmed to involve nearly 150 tonnes of rubbish.

Our technical rescue unit is also now in attendance, with equipment to help move some of the rubbish, to assist firefighting operations.

Representatives from Wolverhampton Council highways team are in attendance and looking at a staged re-opening of surrounding main roads, where safe to do so.

Rail and road delays are expected to continue, while the incident is ongoing.

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Crews have now concluded all firefighting activities at this incident.

All rubbish was damped down and turned over, with assistance from our technical rescue unit.

Railway engineers are conducting full and thorough assessments of the bridge and we believe trains are now able to safely run as normal. Please check with Transport for WM for details.

There may be some continued delays to roads in the area, but all major roads are re-opened with at least one lane.

Crews will be leaving the scene shortly.

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