Severe fire close to M5 motorway

Fire investigators are looking into how the severe factory fire in Rowley Regis started

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Published on 25 April 2022
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Crews attended in 3 minutes

Titford Lane, Rowley Regis, Oldbury, UK

Our investigators are today (25 April) working to establish the cause of a severe factory fire in Rowley Regis.

At 5.47pm on Sunday 24 April we started to receive several 999 calls to Titford Lane, close to the M5 motorway.

Thirty firefighters initially responded, on six fire engines and a Brigade Response Vehicle. The first crew was on scene within three minutes of being mobilised.

Further resources were mobilised throughout the evening and overnight, including one of our drones to assist operational decision making.

This was a severe fire in a single-storey unit, measuring approximately 50m x 30m, used to manufacture windows and double glazing.

Crews faced several hazards at the scene, including a large amount of combustible material in the premises, overhead power lines and the amount of smoke.

Titford Lane was closed as a precaution because of the smoke. Local residents were asked to keep doors and windows closed, and we also liaised with National Highways because of the risk of smoke affecting visibility on the M5.

Several firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used main jets, hose reel jets and ventilation techniques to extinguish the fire.