Birmingham & Black Country

Netherton factory fire treated as arson

The fire Image copyright West Midlands Fire Service
Image caption The fire took fire crews almost fours hours to control

A large fire at a derelict factory in the Black Country is being treated as arson, firefighters have said.

The blaze, in Netherton, Dudley, started at about 21:30 BST on Wednesday and forced some residents to leave their homes.

It took about 30 firefighters almost four hours to control. Three-quarters of the building in Halesowen Road was damaged and part of the roof collapsed.

West Midlands Fire Service has since confirmed the cause was suspicious.

Image copyright West Midlands Fire Service
Image copyright West Midlands Fire Service

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