Shocking picture of damage caused by Coventry tower block fire releaesd as cause of blaze is revealed - The Coventry Observer

Shocking picture of damage caused by Coventry tower block fire releaesd as cause of blaze is revealed

Coventry Editorial 2nd Oct, 2023 Updated: 2nd Oct, 2023   0

THIS SHOCKING image shows the damage caused by the flat fire on the 11th floor of the tower block in Radford, Coventry, on Saturday.

Fire investigators believe the blaze started accidentally because of an electric bike battery being left on charge.

Now West Midlands Fire Service has issued a warning about e-bikes and not leaving batteries on charge.

Around  50 firefighters battled the devastating blaze which broke out at Samuel Vale House, Saint Nicholas Street, around 4pm.

Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control received multiple 999 calls at 4.12pm reporting a fire in the 16-storey building.

Several fire engines, 4×4 brigade response vehicles and a hydraulic aerial platform responded, with the first crew arriving within five minutes.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus successfully extinguished the fire, which was confirmed to be out by 5.40pm.

The fire affected all of the flat it broke out in with smoke spreading to some flats above.

People evacuated

Firefighters evacuated a number of people from their flats, but several were able to stay in their homes. Those evacuated have been looked after in a nearby church.

St Nicholas Road remained closed while plans were made to reduce the number of crews at the scene.

West Midlands Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service also attended.

The emergency services are liaising with Citizen Housing following the fire.

For more on e-bike safety, click here.

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