A huge fire broke out at a car workshop in Birmingham early hours of the morning.

Roads have been closed in Whardale Road, Tyseley, where around 100 firefighters were at the scene.

No-one was hurt but the scene of the blaze was closed, along with Rushey Lane and Redfern Road.

The fire broke out at around 3am and the premises were totally destroyed.

Neil Griffiths, incident commander, said the blaze involved a car workshop which had been totally destroyed. Mr Griffiths said: “It started at 3am, we were mobilised to a significant fire.

Our first fire engine was here in under two minutes.

“Approximately 100 fire fighters were involved at the height of the fire.

“The building in question, a car workshop, has been totally destroyed. “We managed to save around four surrounding buildings.

“It’s now under control and over the next four hours we will be undertaking investigations and looking to return the local area to normality.

“There are cordons in place.”

Due to the heat generated by the fire homes opposite on Whardale Road had their front windows cracked.

One resident, mum-of-two Shiraz Bi, said:”It was so scary.

“My two kids were shaking and were saying ‘mommy what’s happening’ and grabbed daddy and me.

“The flames were really high. “My front bedroom window is cracked.

“Everyone was standing outside – it was a nightmare’”

West Midlands Fire Service tweeted overnight: “We currently have 18 fire appliances, 2 aerials, the high volume pump & tech rescue crews in attendance at a large industrial fire in Wharfdale Road, Tyseley.

“Residents are advised to keep all windows and doors shut. Local road closures in place, avoid the area!”


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