Post Office Fire, Dudley Port, Tipton

Four crews were mobilised to a fire in a post office on Dudley Port, Tipton. The incident has been confirmed as deliberate.

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Published on 11 January 2023
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Horseley Heath Post Office, Dudley Port, Tipton, UK

We were notified of reports of a fire at Horseley Heath Post Office, Dudley Port at 17:52 on Tuesday 10 January.

Four crews from Tipton, West Bromwich and Dudley, with a total of 18 firefighters attended the scene with the first arriving in 2 minutes 59 seconds.

The incident itself was a fire, confined to the ground floor post office within a terrace complex of shops. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire by around 18:35 using a hose reel jet.

One woman, who received minor injuries, was given first aid treatment by fire service personnel before being given a check by paramedics in attendance from West Midlands Ambulance Service. The woman was discharged at the scene.

Initial investigations took place in the evening and a full check of the premises using a thermal image camera revealed no further hot spots.

The cause of the incident has not yet been confirmed and our fire investigation team, working with West Midlands Police who also attended the scene, is working to determine the cause.

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Crews re-attended the property at 04:00 to conduct a further check for any fire spread. No hot spots were found after a thorough check with thermal image cameras.

Crews will re-attend during daylight hours to commence damping down and digging out the property.

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Crews have re-attended the premises this morning to commence digging out and turning over and preparing the shop front to be boarded up.

West Midlands Police are also in attendance and will be arranging the boarding up of the property.

A structural engineer has also been requested from Sandwell Council and is expected to attend later this morning.

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After further investigation by our fire investigation team and West Midlands Police, this incident has been confirmed as deliberate.

West Midlands Police are conducting enquiries, including CCTV trawls, and ask anyone who saw anything or has information that could potentially help them to please get in touch.

They can be called on 101 or messaged on Live Chat through their website, quoting log 3084 of 10 January.

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