8th May, 2021

More than 30 firefighters battled severe blaze at Coventry factory

EIGHT engines and 31 firefighters, along with supporting crews and officers, battled a massive blaze at a Coventry factory last night.

The smoke could be seen for miles during the incident at Waterman Road, Great Heath, with the fire control team taking more than 75 calls from the public.

Crews were mobilised and on the scene within four minutes.

The factory was home to two businesses – one was affected by the fire and the other by water damage due to the fire-fighting operation.

Hydraulic platforms from Highgate and Coventry and West Midlands Fire Service’s high volume pumping unit took water from the local canal to extinguish the flames.

In total, since the incident started, 21 fire crews have attended some relieving initially attending crews as the incident has progressed.

As of 12.20pm today, crews remain in attendance damping down hot spots and any other signs of fire.

A structural engineer has attended the scene and has deemed parts of the building unsafe.

Fire crews, supported by police officers, have established a prohibited area for public safety and the engineer will liaise with business owners on the next steps once firefighting operations have concluded.

The cause of the fire is not yet known. Investigation into the cause will commence when safe and practical to do so.

WMFS were supported at the incident by West Midlands Police, Public Health England, Western Power, Environment Agency, West Midlands Ambulance and Cadent Gas.

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