Birmingham & Black Country

Tyseley warehouse blaze is 'suspected arson'

Scene of fire
Image caption Crews stopped the fire spreading to a nearby school, the fire service said

A large warehouse has been damaged in a suspected arson attack at an industrial estate in Birmingham, the third of its kind at the site within a week.

More than 70 firefighters dealt with the blaze which started at about 03:00 BST in Reddings Lane, Tyseley.

Yardleys School, which is next to the site, was closed for the day and will stay shut on Tuesday. Reddings Lane and Weston Avenue were also shut.

West Midlands Fire Service said it was treating the fire as "suspicious".

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionYardleys School, which is next to the site of the fire, was closed for the day.

As the blaze raged, nearby residents were warned to keep doors and windows closed because of the smoke.

Chief fire officer Phil Loach said the aim of the crews had been to stop the flames spreading to the school and other buildings.

The 100m (328ft) warehouse contains a number of businesses and seven units were "severely damaged", the fire service said.

Businesses hit

The service expected to keep "significant resources" on the scene as the area was made safe, while Reddings Lane was expected to be closed for most of Monday.

Yardleys School said in a statement that the chief fire officer had instructed it to close the site because of access restrictions.

Image copyright WMFS
Image caption The fire is being treated as suspected arson

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites