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Dozens evactuated following Oldbury factory fire

November 26, 2012, 4:24 pm

Dozens of residents are evacuated from their homes in Oldbury this afternoon while emergency services continue to work at the scene of a serious fire.

Police were alerted to the blaze, at Alcohols Ltd, on Crosswells Road shortly after 10am today.

Officers quickly arrived at the scene, along with colleagues from West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service and numerous road closures were put in place to ensure the safety of the public.

At this stage, police are aware of ambulance crews treating one patient for burn injuries to his hands and back. The man, believed to be in his 20s, was taken to hospital for treatment.

Local residents are expected to remain at nearby evacuation centres at a local school and community centre until at least this evening as fire crews continue to try and bring the fire under control.

Chief Inspector Ian Marsh, the force incident manager, said: “People are starting to return from work and school and we need anyone trying to either head home, or pass through the affected area, to be aware that they need to make alternative plans.

“People have been evacuated from Vicarage Street, Crosswells Road, Bloxcidge Street and Vicarage Road.

“Anyone trying to get back to homes in any of these streets will need to either find an alternative or visit Moat Farm School, which is currently acting as the evacuation centre.

“We understand the inconvenience this incident will have caused local people but public safety has to remain our priority.

“We aim to release cordons as soon as we possibly can.”

Rail lines passing adjacent to the scene of the fire have been closed whilst the blaze is brought under control. Trains running between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stourbridge Junction are affected. Train services running through these stations may be cancelled or delayed at short notice.

The following roads have been closed while emergency services deal with the incident:

• Crosswells Road at its junction with Vicarage Road
• Western Road at its junction with Tat Bank Road
• Thompson Road at its junction with Joinings Bank
• Trident Drive at its junction with Vicarage Street
• Langley Green at its junction with Mill Lane
• Jackson Street at its junction with Vicarage Road
• Joinings Bank at its junction with Bloxcidge Street
• Whyley Walk at its junction with Station Road

Council and Sandwell Homes staff are helping at the Moat Farm Junior School rest centre and finding affected residents overnight accommodation.

All road and public transport users are warned of likely disruption in the Langley area throughout the afternoon and during the rush hour.

Extra buses have been put on for people affected by the train disruption and for information on bus services, please visit Network West Midlands webpage.

Follow @wmpolice @wmfs @sandwellcouncil and @londonmidland on Twitter for updates to the incident and services in the area.

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