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More than 100 firefighters battle massive blaze which broke out a derelict factory in Wolverhampton

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<p>More than 100 firefighters have been battling a massive blaze for more than 12 hours after flames tore through multiple factory units in Wolverhampton.<br></p><p>Residents were evacuated from their homes after the huge inferno broke out in Lower Horseley Fields at around 9pm on Monday (5/12).</p><p>There have been reports of several explosions at the industrial site and thick plumes of black smoke being seen from 15 miles away as it billowed into the sky. </p><p>Locals also described scenes 'like the apocalypse' as the 'sky turned red' from the enormous flames. </p><p>West Midlands Fire Service declared a major incident and sent more than 20 appliances to tackle the blaze at the 200m x 200m site. </p><p>Road and rail services were also disrupted with reports of passengers being trapped on trains for more than two hours.</p><p>Local resident Kuljit Singh, 57, said: "It was chaos here last night, there was balls of fire leaping into the sky and explosions. </p><p>"The fire service did an amazing job. The whole sky was lit up red like the apocalypse or something and they've worked all night.</p><p>"The cordon is massive. I live down the road and had to keep my windows and doors closed. My cousin in Birmingham said he could see it from there." </p><p>Train services into the city were cancelled and several roads were closed as fire crews tackled the blaze. </p><p>Several appliances remained on site this morning (Tue) and the gutted buildings will be searched once it is deemed safe to do so. </p><p>A fire service spokesperson said: "More than 100 firefighters have spent the night tackling a major incident on Lower Horseley Fields, Wolverhampton. </p><p>"Though our resources have been scaled down, we still have several fire appliances and crews on scene.</p><p>"Local road closures remain in place, and will for some time, as our resources require access in and out of the incident area. </p><p>"Lower Walsall Street, Lower Horseley Fields, and Colliery Road are all currently closed. </p><p>"Local trains have also been affected, with journeys between Wolverhampton and Birmingham being delayed or cancelled. We recommend checking before you travel.</p><p>"Just after 9pm last night, four fire engines responded to the fire, which eventually involved multiple factory units measuring a total of approximately 200m x 200m. </p><p>"This response was quickly increased, and within an hour we had more than 20 of our appliances and 100 firefighters tackling the blaze.</p><p>"At around 10pm we declared this a major incident, due to the scale of the incident and its proximity to the nearby railway line and houses.</p><p>"Crews worked assertively and tirelessly throughout the night, tackling the fire from multiple angles. </p><p>"Alongside fighting the fire itself, one of the main priorities during the night was creating a fire break, to prevent the fire from spreading any further.</p><p>"We worked closely with partner agencies, such as police, ambulance and other local authorities, with several multi-agency briefings taking place. </p><p>"We worked with colleagues at Network Rail to halt all nearby trains and isolate the overhead power supply to the train tracks, whilst police colleagues managed local road closures to ensure a safe route in and out for our crews. </p><p>"We also put a plan in place to evacuate local residents that were within the 200m risk area, with help from Wolverhampton Council.</p><p>"Relief plans are currently being created as we look to draw this incident to a safe conclusion. </p><p>"Buildings involved in the fire will be thoroughly searched once it is safe for our crews to do so.</p><p>"Our fire investigation team will soon begin work to establish a cause."</p><p>West Midlands Ambulance Service said it sent several resources to the scene of the 'significant fire' overnight. </p><p>They included two senior paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and four paramedic officers.</p><p>A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “There were no patients requiring treatment, but ambulance staff remained on scene to support colleagues from the fire service, before being stood down at 6.30am today.</p><p>“If you are within a close distance of the area please ensure you keep all windows and doors closed and stay indoors where you can.”<br></p>
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