Fire in Pendeford
Firefighters have spent the night tackling a fire at a building on Pendeford Hall Lane in Pendeford, near Coven.
The emergency call was received at 9.51pm and at the height of the incident there were six engines and two specialist appliances. Crews came from Codsall, Brewood, Penkridge, Cannock and from across the border in Fallings Park. The incident involved a single storey unit, approximately 25 metres by 12 metres, which was used as a recording/filming studio and also as a car workshop.
"When firefighters arrived the building was already well alight. Due to the rural location the water supply was limited and so firefighters pumped water to use on the fire, out of a nearby pond."
Station Manager, Dermot Hogan
Station Manager, Dermot Hogan said: 'The fire was spotted by workers in a taxi rank, adjacent to the affected building. When firefighters arrived the building was already well alight. Due to the rural location the water supply was limited and so firefighters pumped water to use on the fire, out of a nearby pond.
'Within the building there was an oxyacetylene cylinder, these cylinders can be very dangerous if involved in fire - so for the safety of the crews the fire was tackled externally.'
At 1.30am the incident was scaled down to just two engines and then overnight relief crews were brought in from other areas of the county. This morning one crew from Cannock remain at the incident, damping down.
The whole of the building has been destroyed by fire and the cause is under investigation this morning, although at this stage it is believed to be accidental.