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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Factory Fire in Cannock

Firefighters have spent the night tackling a fire at RA Wood Adhesives, Wolverhampton Road, Longford, Cannock.

The emergency call for the incident was received shortly before 9pm last night. On arrival crews were met with a large two storey factory unit, approximately 100 metres by 60 metres that was well alight. At the height of the incident 50 firefighters tackled the fire.

There were eight engines, along with four specialist appliances that came from: Cannock, Chase Terrace, Codsall, Brewood, Stone, Stafford, Burton and from across the border in Bloxwich and Fallings Park.

"The building contained two businesses; however crews managed to prevent the fire from spreading to the second business and also to an adjacent building."

Station Manager, Simon Craythorn

"A number of camper vans parked up outside the building were also saved."

"Due to the unsafe structure of the building and the risk of cylinders exploding, firefighters tackled the fire externally using jets. Two water towers were also created, using the aerial ladder platforms, to tackle the fire from above."

Overnight relief crews were brought in and this morning three crews from Wombourne, Burton and Stafford remain at the incident. The affected business, which is believed to have contained plastic adhesives and cardboard packaging, has been badly damaged by fire and is structurally unsafe. The cause of the fire is not yet known and a fire investigation will take place later today.