20 November 2014

Over 100 firefighters were called out to a large fire at three industrial units in Birmingham.

Crews were called out to the Stag Industrial Estate in Bilston at around 2.30am this morning (20 November).

The fire is believed to have started in an auto repair workshop and then spread to a nearby bed manufacturer and fridge company.

Local residents have been advised to keep their doors and windows shut as the fire created a considerable amount of smoke.

The fire has caused disruptions to local traffic as the road leading into the industrial estate is partially blocked and traffic is moving slowly in the area.

Paramedics attended the incident but there have been no injuries reported.

The fire is now under control and the area is being dampened down.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire but it is not believed to be suspicious.

Commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupancy premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.