'Avoid area' warning after Walsall car hire unit 'set on fire' in suspected arson attack

-Credit: (Image: Palfrey & Caldmore Neighbourhood watch)
-Credit: (Image: Palfrey & Caldmore Neighbourhood watch)

Drivers have been urged to 'avoid the area' after a Walsall car hire unit was allegedly set on fire overnight. Police are investigating a suspected arson attack after vehicles were destroyed in the blaze.

Officers said they would be stepping up patrols and carrying out CCTV trawls in the area following the incident at 12.50am this morning (June 29). Around 50 firefighters battled the blaze in Queen Street.

The area remained closed off at 3pm, with motorists told to find alternative routes. West Midlands Fire Service, which sent nine fire crews, said it had extinguished the fire by 8am, but would remain on scene to check for hotspots.

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PandCNHW, the neighbourhood watch for the area, said: "Queen Street and Long Street Walsall remains sealed off due to fire at a building. It’s believed the matter is been investigated and more than 50 firefighters were on the scene says locals. Avoid the area as it remains sealed off."

A spokeswoman for the force urged anyone with information to come forward as investigations continue. She said: "We’re investigating after a fire at an industrial unit in Queens Street destroyed several cars and spread to neighbouring units.

"Investigations are on-going today to establish the cause of the fire which is being treated as suspected arson. We’re exploring CCTV and there will be extra police patrols in the area today.

"Anyone who has information and hasn’t spoken to a police officer is urged to contact us via Live Chat on our website or by calling 101 quoting log 188 of 29/6. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 080 555 111."