Coventry & Warwickshire

Fire at Coventry shoe warehouse destroys building

Shoe warehouse Image copyright WMFS
Image caption The United Footwear warehouse has been destroyed by the fire

A large blaze has destroyed a shoe warehouse in Coventry but firefighters managed to stop it spreading to nearby retail units, the service said.

About 80 firefighters tackled the blaze at the United Footwear plant on Holbrook Lane on Sunday evening.

West Midlands Fire Service said its response was scaled down late on Sunday, but crews have remained to ensure buildings were safe.

Fire investigators are trying to establish the cause of the incident.

The incident closed several roads but they have since reopened.

Image copyright West Midlands Fire Service
Image caption Sixteen crews tackled the blaze and about six crews remained at the scene on Monday

John Waterman, from West Midlands Fire Service, said: "We managed to get the water supply sorted quite quickly with this high volume pump and then were able to protect the surrounding properties and stop the fire spreading as much as it could have done."

Image caption Temperatures would have been more than 600C inside the building, the fire service said

The fire service said it was working with nearby traders to get businesses reopened.

None of the stock could be saved from the building, which might be demolished, the service added.

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