5th Jul, 2020

Firefighters tackle blaze on ten-storey high-rise block in Chelmsley Wood

Emily Fish 23rd May, 2017

FIREFIGHTERS have tackled a fire on the roof of a ten-storey high-rise block in Chelmsley Wood.

West Midlands Fire Service were called shortly after 1.30pm yesterday (May 22) to reports of flames and smoke on the roof of a residential building near Moorend Avenue.

Crews attended from Sheldon, Bicken Hill, Ward End and Hay Mills fire stations.

A spokesperson for the fire service said crews were at the scene for over an hour – attending to one casualty who required oxygen therapy.

Residents from the top two floors were also evacuated as a safety precaution.

The spokesperson revealed the fire was started by pallets belonging to contractors working on the roof.

The housing block is managed by Solihull Community Housing (SCH).

Peter Stoate, a spokesperson for SCH, said: “We are pleased to report that the fire on the roof of Cheshunt House was quickly extinguished by the fire services.

“One contractor working on the roof was treated at the scene but no tenants were injured.

“Some tenants had to leave their homes for a couple of hours while safety procedures were followed but all were able to return soon afterwards.”

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