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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

More than 50 firefighters tackle factory blaze

11/03/2015

Fire appliance

More than 50 firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a factory on the Lichfield Road Industrial Estate in Tamworth.

“The factory was well alight when firefighters first arrived on the scene and the crews have done an excellent job in bringing it under control swiftly and safely."

Group Manager Tim Hyde

More than 50 firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a factory on the Lichfield Road Industrial Estate in Tamworth.

Crews from Tamworth, Tamworth Mercia, Lichfield, Chase Terrace, the aerial ladder platform, incident response unit and a fire engine from Burton as well as the command support vehicle from Stone attended the incident.

One fire engine from Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands and one each from Atherstone and Polesworth from Warwickshire were also called to the blaze.

The fire broke out at Timms at around 10am and the first crew arrived on the scene at 10.05am.

Firefighters used five hose reel jets and wore six breathing apparatus at the peak of the incident.

Group Manager Tim Hyde, who was at the fire, said: “The factory was well alight when firefighters first arrived on the scene and the crews have done an excellent job in bringing it under control swiftly and safely.

“They faced an added complication when tackling the blaze as the roof, which was on fire, was made of asbestos cement sheeting. This posed no risk to the public as it remained within 25 metres of the factory itself. The material will be removed
by specialists. Around 100 workers have been evacuated from the site as a precaution. Firefighters are due to begin the damping down process shortly.”

A fire investigation into the cause will commence at a later stage.