6th August 2015 Fire fighters battle 'severe' blaze at Birmingham wholesale market

03-09-2015

Thick smoke plumes seen over city centre as 40 fire fighters tackle blaze at Britain’s biggest wholesale food market.

The images in the links below show the aftermath of the devastating fire which ripped through Birmingham Wholesale Market on the afternoon of Thursday 6th August 2015.

West Midlands Fire Service has released the images which include the remains of a market cart, a picture of smouldering fruit and a burnt-out fork lift truck.  A West Midlands fire service spokesman said the “severe fire” had engulfed about a fifth of the building but was not believed to have gone through the roof.

Over 40 fire fighters tacked the fire, which broke out shortly after 2pm on Thursday 6th August, which affected 20 per cent of the building.  The blaze involved a number of wooden pallets and stock in two of the 80 units at the complex.  The fire tore through two units thought to be used for flowers and fruit and vegetables and led to a major response from the emergency services.

Gareth Morris, inspector for Birmingham City Centre, said emergency services did not think anyone was trapped inside the buildings.  Police shut down the surrounding streets as fire fighters tacked the blaze. 

The smoke covered a large part of the shopping district and was visible from the Lickey Hills 10 miles away.  Fire fighters split the building into two sectors and used three main jets to douse the flames.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a Hazardous Area Response Team. One person was treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation.

 Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

 Resources used:

 http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/birmingham-wholesale-market-fire-first-9805969

 http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/06/fire-birmingham-wholesale-market-blaze

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