High-rise fire, Coventry

Severe fire in a flat on the 15th floor of 16-storey block on Middleborough Road.

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Published on 16 April 2022
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Nauls Mill House, Middleborough Road, Coventry, UK

A fire on the 15th floor of a high-rise block in Coventry is now out.

There are no reports of anyone being seriously hurt. West Midlands Ambulance Service assessed and discharged four people at the scene.

At 8.47pm on Saturday 16 April we were alerted to the fire in the Coundon area of the city.

Our first fire crew arrived within two minutes of being mobilised and found a severe fire in a flat on the 15th floor of 16-storey Nauls Mill House on Middleborough Road.

Seventeen response vehicles attended, including 13 fire engines. A hydraulic aerial platform was also sent to the scene and one of our drones was mobilised to assist operational decision making.

In total, some 75 firefighters responded as well as colleagues from West Midlands police and ambulance services and the local authority.

Fire crews were mobilised from several fire station in Coventry, Solihull and Birmingham.

Five adults, a child and an infant were asked to wear fire escape hoods before being led to safety by firefighters in breathing apparatus.

A further five adults and a child self-evacuated from the building.

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The cause of the fire has yet to be established.

Nineteen residents have been displaced as a result of the incident.

Coventry City Council has opened the library for welfare purposes.

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We expect to have fire crews at the scene through the night, although we will soon be scaling down the resources we have there.

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Group Commander Marc Hudson, the incident commander, said:

“This was a severe fire in a flat on the 15th floor which spread to the balcony of the flat above.

“Our first crews arrived within two minutes of being mobilised. They were met with a very challenging incident. It was extremely hot and visibility was poor.

“We used specialist equipment which allowed us to fight the fire with water from the floor below. It was extremely effective in extinguishing the fire and helped to make conditions more manageable for our crews.

“Fortunately, all of the residents directly affected by the incident evacuated without injury and no-one was taken to hospital.

“All the agencies who responded worked well together. These included the ambulance service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) who supported us in the risk area.

“Alternative accommodation is being found for those residents who have been displaced.

“The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage, and our investigators will be starting their examination of the scene in daylight hours.”

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