Fire in a yard, Coseley, Wolverhampton

Crews are attending reports of smoke coming from a yard in Coseley.

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Published on 18 May 2022
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Anchor Road, Bilston, UK

Four crews are currently attending a fire, which was reported to us at 16:11, at a yard in Coseley, Wolverhampton.

The incident is believed to involve a yard containing coal dust and pulverised coal.

Smoke can be seen for some distance and residents in the area are advised to close doors and windows until the smoke ceases.

Crews from Bilston, Dudley, and Tipton, with a total of 17 firefighters, have been mobilised to the incident.

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This incident is confirmed to involve around 175 tons of coal dust on fire.

Attending crews are using 3 main jets from a hydrant and on-site staff are assisting our crews in turning the dust using JCBs.

Residents nearby are again urged to close their doors and windows due to the heavy smoke from the incident.

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A further 2 crews have been requested by the officer in charge at the scene for additional support and breathing apparatus wearers. So 6 crews are now dealing with this incident, with supporting vehicles, firefighters are officers.

Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are currently using 3 main jets to tackle the blaze.

Due to the nature of the incident, it’s likely crews may be in attendance for some time.

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The incident has been scaled down to 4 pumps.

Anchor road has been re-opened.

Revisits will occur during the night with crews turning over hot spots, with the assistance of on-site staff.

Environmental agency and Severn Trent Water have also attended the incident and given advice and assistance to our crews during the incident regarding runoff, drainage and other environmental issues and are content with the safety measures in place.

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All hotspots were confirmed as extinguished following damping down and turning over of coal dust using 1 jet.

The incident was left temporarily with site staff, who will monitor the scene, with a further revisit to be carried out at around 07:00hrs.

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Crews from Bilston Fire Station attended the incident this morning just after 07:00.

They are content that no further hot spots are present and the incident is nearing conclusion.

The Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water and Wolverhampton Council have assisted at the incident with water runoff to reduce and mitigate environmental impacts where possible.

West Midlands Police assisted our crews during the night in visiting over 100 properties asking residents to close doors and windows for their safety.

We can confirm this advice is no longer applicable and residents in the area are now safe to open doors and windows.

The cause of the incident is believed to be accidental.

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