Blaze at historic farm close to Birmingham Airport causes house to 'collapse' - The Solihull Observer

Blaze at historic farm close to Birmingham Airport causes house to 'collapse'

Solihull Editorial 27th Jul, 2020 Updated: 27th Jul, 2020   0

A ‘SEVERE’ fire at a historic house close to Birmingham Airport has destroyed the building.

Firefighters are still on the scene at Clock Lane, in Bickenhill, dealing with the house remains.

The farmhouse stood just 770 metres from the airport runway.

Noone was hurt in the blaze, West Midlands Ambulance Service said, with fire crews dealing with the fire from 1am this morning (July 27).

Six fire engines were called out to the blaze at a property close to the perimeter of the airport.

Local reports suggest the house is owned by Birmingham Airport.

A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said: “We were alerted to a fire at Castle Hills Farm, Clock Lane, Bickenhill, Solihull.

“Crews arrived to find a severe fire affecting much of the building, including the roof.

“Thirty firefighters and six fire engines spent the night at the scene.

“It was feared that parts of the building could collapse, meaning that crews were unable to work in some areas.

“The isolated nature of the location required a water relay system to be set up. Colleagues from Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (Coleshill) assisted with water supply operations.

“As of 8.30am this morning, resources had been scaled down but three relief crews (15 firefighters) remained at the scene.

“Parts of the brick and timber building have collapsed and others have been left in a precarious, unstable condition.

“Our fire investigators will be working to establish the cause.”

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