Fire in industrial unit, Stringes Lane, Willenhall

Severe fire affects large industrial unit with 12 fire engines and over 50 firefighters mobilised.

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Published on 12 January 2023
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Crews attended in 3 minutes 20 seconds

Stringes Ln, Willenhall WV13 1LZ, UK

We were called just after midnight on 12 January to reports of a factory fire on Stringes Lane, Willenhall.

A total of 10 fire crews with over 50 firefighters have been mobilised to this incident along with other specialist vehicles and equipment.

Our initial crews arrived on the scene in just under three and a half minutes and began tackling the blaze, which broke through the roof of the property – a 100m x 30m industrial unit used as a food and wholesale supplier.

The severe fire affected over 60% of the building, with 5 of 7 sectors across 3251 square meters involved or affected by fire.

Our crews have worked hard to ensure nearby properties were not damaged by any fire spread as well as worked to protect a nearby vehicle fuel tank and an oil tanker.

A total of 13 jets are in use with two of our hydraulic platforms also providing support. A high-volume pump, also at the scene, has been brought into use to support firefighting activities.

All staff who were working on the site evacuated safely prior to fire service arrival and there are no reported injuries to site staff.

West Midlands Ambulance and West Midlands Police have also been in attendance supporting us with this incident.

Unfortunately, due to incident activities and crew safety, West Midlands Police are supporting us with closures on the following roads:

  • Bentley Lane
  • Greadier Street
  • Short Street
  • Mill Lane
  • Haley Street
  • Spring Lane
  • Forge Street
  • Ashmore Lake Way
  • Strings Close

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by closures in the area. We’re doing our best to open roads and liaise with affected businesses and properties in the area to allow access wherever possible. If a local property owner or business needs access or advice, they can approach fire service staff or police officers at the scene.

Where roads have been closed and traffic cones are in place, it is vital drivers do not remove cones or drive over the hose reels on these roads as doing so can damage our equipment and affect firefighting activities. We also ask that homes, businesses or those travelling through the area keep doors and windows closed as a precaution for the time being.

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Updates for this incident

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Good progress is being made at this incident.

Relief crews are currently en-route to the scene. The incident is expected to be scaled down to 6 fire engines and 2 hydraulic platforms in the next hour.

A fire service drone operator is also being deployed to the scene to assist with providing an aerial overview of the incident area.

We’re continuing to support the owners and staff of the affected property in business recovery, where possible.

We are also working with West Midlands Police to allow access to businesses in the area where we can and to re-open affected roads as soon as it’s safe to do so.

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Our resources at the scene are now being scaled back to three fire engines and an aerial platform.

Small pockets of fire and hotspots remain, which our crews continue to extinguish and damp down.

We are very grateful to local businesses and residents for their patience and understanding throughout this firefighting operation.

We have been able to give affected businesses access to their sites.

Greadier Street remains closed, but all other local roads are now open. However, because we still need to pump water to the scene from a canal, our hoses and protective ramps remain in place. This is likely to be the case until at least early evening.

We have been working closely with a number of partner agencies, including the police, Walsall Council, utility companies and the Environment Agency.

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Good progress has been made at the incident. This is being scaled down but three fire engines will remain in attendance to manage and monitor the incident.

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Our fire investigations so far point to this fire starting accidentally. It appears to have involved a refrigeration unit.

One fire crew remains at the scene, and all roads have now reopened.

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