Fire in high-rise building in centre of Birmingham

Crews from several city fire stations at scene of high-rise incident



Published on 27 May 2023
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Orion Building, Birmingham, UK

At 5.35pm on Saturday (27 May) we started to receive several 999 calls to a fire in a high-rise building in Birmingham city centre.

Seven fire engines, two 4×4 Brigade Response Vehicle and a hydraulic aerial platform responded, crewed by around 50 firefighters from several Birmingham fire stations.

Firefighters have rescued an adult and a young child from one flat, and another adult from a second flat.

This is an ongoing incident.

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The fire was confirmed to have been extinguished by just after 7.30pm.

It is believed to have started accidentally in, and contained to, a flat on the fifth floor of a 12-storey block.

That floor and all those above have been affected by smoke.

A number of people who called 999 received fire survival guidance from Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control.

Around a dozen people were rescued by firefighters, some of whom were given special escape hoods to wear to help them breathe.

One person is understood to have been taken to hospital by ambulance, suffering from the effects of smoke.

The site comprises inter-connected tall buildings, of residential and commercial use.

It is in a very busy area of the city, where there is likely to be disruption for the rest of the evening until our presence at the scene is reduced.

We would like to thank local residents, businesses and visitors for their patience and understanding.

Firefighters are working from flat to flat, to check on and reassure those residents who stayed in their homes.

Our crews are also working to clear smoke from the building.

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