Patent Drive, Wednesbury, UK
Shortly after 12.05pm on Tuesday (17 October), we responded to an incident on Patent Drive, Wednesbury.
Ten fire engines, a 4×4 brigade response vehicle and a hydraulic aerial platform are currently in attendance.
This is a severe fire in a single-storey factory unit. A high volume water pump is being used as crews work to bring the fire under control.
An evacuation has been undertaken and everyone working inside the unit has been accounted for and there have been no reported injuries.
Police and ambulance colleagues are also in attendance.
If your home or workplace is affected by the smoke plume, please keep your doors and windows closed.
We will continue to update this page as we receive more information.
Aggressive firefighting has brought the fire under control. Crews are now gaining access to hotspots and isolated fires within the building.
The building has suffered a full structural collapse as a result of the fire.
Patent Drive is closed to all traffic.
We are asking people to keep their windows and doors shut whilst we continue working at the scene.
Windows and doors can now be re-opened.
We are scaling down our resource to six fire engines as we continue to damp down hotspots.
Firefighting continues at the scene as we damp down further hotspots.
Crews are being supported by colleagues from technical rescue, who are assisting with the building’s structural assessment.
Patent Drive remains closed to the public but lorries working in nearby units are permitted to enter.
Crews continue to monitor the incident and extinguish any remaining hotspots.
Relief crews, consisting of two fire engines and one hydraulic platform, will take over as we look to bring the incident to a close.
Investigations are ongoing, however we currently believe the fire was accidental in nature.