Forge Lane, West Bromwich, UK
We received a call at 9.08am on Tuesday 4 April, alerting us to a fuel spillage off Forge Lane, West Bromwich, close to the Hilltop Golf Course.
Four fire engines from West Bromwich, Perry Barr, Hay Mills and Smethwick fire stations initially responded, alongside specialist vehicles and equipment to deal with an incident of this type.
Due to the strong smell of petrol in the air, a cordon has been established to allow our crews and partners to carry out their work safely. We urge the public in the Sandwell Valley area to refrain from barbecues, bonfires and all use of naked flames.
Forge Lane is closed to the public and people are asked to avoid the area.
We are working closely with a number of partner agencies to bring the incident to a safe conclusion and expect to be in attendance into the afternoon and early evening.
Further updates will be added below when available.
Our crews remain at the scene of this incident.
We’ve been working closely with partners, such as the environment agency, to attempt to mitigate any environmental impact of the spillage. The exact quantities and nature of the spillage are not yet confirmed.
Other partner agencies also remain in attendance with us and are supporting our work at this time.
It’s expected that the incident will continue into the evening and road closures will remain in place whilst work continues.
Throughout the evening (4 April) our crews worked closely on scene with partner agencies allowing them to carry out their work safely.
We used specialist equipment such as a drone, which has thermal imaging capabilities, to support the resolution of this incident.
Our crews left the scene in the early hours of this morning (5 April). Fuel specialists and West Midlands Police remain on scene and the road closure remains in place.
The public warning to refrain from using barbecues, bonfires and naked flames in the Sandwell Valley area has now been lifted.
Park Lane and Forge Lane will remain closed until Thursday morning.
We’d like to thank the public for their understanding and cooperation.