Fire in large derelict building – Tividale, Oldbury

Asbestos concerns as fire breaks out in derelict building



Published on 19 May 2022
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Lower City Road, Tividale, Oldbury, UK

Just before 12:30pm on Thursday 19 May we were called to a fire at a derelict building on Lower City Road, Tividale, Oldbury.

Three fire engines and a brigade response vehicle initially responded, crewed by firefighters from Oldbury, Tipton and Haden Cross.

The building, measuring approximately 50 metres x 20 metres, is well alight. Due to concerns of asbestos in the roofing, crews are fighting the fire externally from a safe distance using main jets. One of our Hazardous Materials Advisors has also been mobilised to monitor the situation.

An aerial hydraulic platform has also been brought into use at the rear of the building.

There are currently no reports of any casualties.

Police are in attendance and have set up a cordon. Lower City Road is currently closed from Dudley Road East to Birmingham New Road.

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Crews are making steady progress with this incident and are fighting the fire externally using a hydraulic platform, two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and a main jet.

A propane gas cylinder has been involved in the incident but is being cooled from a safe distance by firefighters.

Our on-site hazardous materials officer has confirmed asbestos is involved in roof panels, and appropriate safety precautions for our own crews and the surrounding area are being taken.


Crews continuing to make good progress and are expected to be at the incident for some time while safely exposing and stripping the roof from the hydraulic platform and dealing with any hot spots.

The incident will shortly be scaled down to two crews, in addition to the hydraulic platform.


Crews on site have advised residents in the area are now safe to open doors and windows as smoke from the incident has ceased.

We are aware that the isolation of power to the building affected by the fire has caused some properties, including a nearby school and some residential properties to lose power temporarily.

Western Power is attending the scene and power is expected to be restored to these properties in the next 3-4 hours.

Work continues in making the property safe and investigations will begin when it is safe to do so.



Crews revisited the scene this morning and continue to work damping down hotspots using our hydraulic platform.

Lower City Road is currently closed while we’re dealing with this incident and is expected to be at least for the rest of the morning.


All firefighting operations have now ceased with no further hotspots being detected. Crews have left the scene in the hands of Sandwell Council.

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