Man rescued from Birmingham fire as crews battle Newtown blaze 'in multiple sectors'

A man was rescued by firefighters after a blaze at a Birmingham industrial building yard 'involving waste materials'. West Midlands Fire Service were called to Lower Tower Street, Newtown, at 3.20pm on Sunday afternoon.

Surrounding roads were cordoned off as crews worked at the scene. The force said the blaze measures approximately 20m x 30m, between two commercial premises.

Residents living close to the area have been warned to keep their windows and doors closed after thick smoke filled the Birmingham skyline. 10 fire crews were originally sent to the scene, West Midlands Fire Service told BirminghamLive. The fire service has confirmed they 'expect to remain overnight'.

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On X, formerly twitter, West Midlands Fire Service said: "Firefighters crewing 10 fire engines and a hydraulic aerial platform continue to tackle this fire in a mixed use industrial yard. We expect to remain overnight. Lower Tower Street and Summer Lane are closed. Keep windows and doors closed if you’re affected by the smoke plume."

Buses have been diverted away from the area after emergency personnel were first called to the scene at around 3pm this afternoon (Sunday, June 2). West Midlands Police confirmed that they are helping with traffic management at the scene.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Fire Service released a further statement on Sunday evening, which said: "Shortly before 3.20pm on Sunday (2 June), we responded to Lower Tower Street, Newtown, Birmingham. Seven fire engines and three 4×4 brigade response vehicles responded. A hydraulic aerial platform was also sent to the scene.

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"This is a fire in an industrial building yard involving waste materials, measuring approximately 20m x 30m, between two commercial premises. The fire is being tackled in multiple sectors and an aerial platform is also in operation.

"Crews rescued a man in the yard. Firefighters have been supported by drone operations, which confirmed no other people were trapped due to the fire. Lower Tower Street and Summer Lane have been closed as we work at the scene. West Midlands Ambulance Service, West Midlands Police and Cadent have all been in attendance.

"Anyone living or working nearby who is affected by the smoke plume is advised to keep their windows and doors closed."