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Bilston fire: Crews tackle Oxford Street blaze

  • 11-23-2014

More than 100 firefighters have tackled a blaze at a building containing industrial units in the West Midlands.

Crews said they received a "number of calls" from members of the public alerting them to the fire in Oxford Street, Bilston, just after 02:30 GMT.

At least three businesses were affected: a bed manufacturer, a fridge firm and a car repair workshop, a West Midlands Fire Service spokesman said.

No-one was injured in the blaze, he said.

The spokesman said the cause would be investigated but added: "Nothing has come back to suggest it's suspicious."

Residents living in homes near the blaze were urged to keep their doors and windows closed. No evacuations were required.

Antony Vanes, who runs scrapyard Stag Metals, one of the firms affected by the fire, estimated up to £50,000 worth of damage had been caused and said it was a huge setback.

"I know there has been damage but I can't be sure exactly because they won't let me on site," he said.

"I live round the corner and came down when the security alarms started going off. I'm going to have to buy a new crane, new guillotines."

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