Severe fire off Hickman Avenue, Wolverhampton

In spite of challenging conditions and heat, fire crews stop blaze in two hours

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Published on 9 September 2023
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Crews attended in 5 minutes

Parkside Industrial Estate, Hickman Ave, Wolverhampton WV1 2EN, UK

Fire investigators are working to establish the cause of a severe fire which broke out at a car parts and breakers site in Wolverhampton on Friday night (8 Sept).

At its height, more than sixty firefighters and 12 fire engines were at the scene off Hickman Avenue.

Just after 8.40pm, Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control started to receive multiple 999 calls reporting the incident.

The first of our crews arrived within five minutes of being mobilised, to find a large commercial unit measuring 20 metres by 30 metres well alight.

The corrugated metal roof had collapsed, meaning our crews were unable to enter parts of the building because it was too dangerous. There were also several propane cylinders, tyres and two forklift trucks on site.

As our crews fought to bring the fire under control, we asked people nearby to keep doors and windows closed as a precaution.

In spite of the challenging heat and conditions, the fire was mostly out by around 10.30pm and we were making plans to reduce the number of resources at the scene.
Several main jets were used to douse the flames, and a hydraulic aerial platform was used to deliver water from above. A drone was also deployed, to assist operational decision-making on the ground.

There was no damage or fire spread to nearby buildings or a communications mast.

Fire crews are expected to make revisits to the site for at least 24 hours, into Sunday, to ensure that no hotspots pose a risk of reignition.

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Crews attended the property and did a thorough inspection with a thermal image camera.

A specialist fire service drone operator also attended the scene and used the drone’s aerial capability to conduct further checks across the site.

No hot spots or issues were noted and the incident has been closed, with duty being left with the site owner.

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