Huge inferno rips through Limekiln Lane boatyard in early morning blaze

A huge blaze ripped through a boatyard in a city street in the early hours of today, Tuesday, May 21. Seven fire crews from across Birmingham rushed to the inferno in Limekiln Lane, Highters Heath, shortly after 3am.

The blaze was still being tackled several hours later after breaking out at a boatyard workshop near a canal. The fire was later extinguished and no injuries were reported.

West Midlands Fire Service said the blaze started "accidentally". Firefighters were this morning damping down hotspots.

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More revisits to the scene were due to take place throughout the rest of today. A West Midlands Fire Service spokesperson said: "Shortly after 3am, we responded to Limekiln Lane in the Highters Heath area of Birmingham.

The blaze at the workshop in Limekiln Lane, Highters Heath
The blaze at the workshop in Limekiln Lane, Highters Heath -Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

"Crews from Billesley, Kings Norton, Highgate, Bournbrook, Hay Mills, Solihull and Aston responded. A hydraulic aerial platform was also sent to the scene.

"This was a fire in a boatyard workshop on the canalside - measuring 20m x 80m. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire. There were no casualties or injuries.

"Police colleagues were also in attendance. Fire Investigation Officers attended the scene and confirmed this fire started accidentally.

"We revisited the scene this morning to damp down hotspots. Further revisits are planned throughout the day."