More than 75 calls to fire service as factory went up in flames

Factory fire in Waterman Road Coventry
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Fire crews are still in attendance at the factory blaze that saw huge plumes of black smoke billow across Coventry’s skies on Wednesday (April 21).

Over 30 firefighters attended the scene on Waterman Road yesterday, as crews fought to overcome the flames that engulfed a factory building.

It has been revealed more than 75 calls were made to the fire control team alerting them of the blaze, with officers still at the site dampening down 17 hours after the fire started.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and investigations have been put on hold until the building is safe.

A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said: “At 7.15pm on April 21, crews were called to reports of a house fire on Waterman Road, Great Heath, in Coventry.

“Our initial crews were mobilised and arrived in under four minutes, with our Fire Control team taking over 75 calls to the same incident.

“On arrival, crews identified the incident as a severe factory fire, with the involved unit consisting of two businesses. One of the businesses was fully involved in fire. The second was unaffected by fire but has suffered damage due to water and firefighting operations.

“A total of eight fire engines with 31 firefighters, plus supporting crews and officers, attended at the peak of the incident. Hydraulic platforms from Highgate and Coventry and our high volume pumping unit (taking water from the local canal) also attended.

“In total, since the incident started, 21 fire crews have attended the incident with some relieving initially attending crews as the incident has progressed.

“As of 12.20pm today, crews remain in attendance damping down hot spots and any other signs of fire.

“A structural engineer has attended the scene and has deemed parts of the building to be unsafe. Our crews, supported by police colleagues, have established a prohibited area for public safety and the engineer will liaise with business owners on the next steps once firefighting operations have concluded.

“The cause of the fire is not yet known. Investigation into the cause will commence when safe and practical to do so.

“We were supported at the incident by West Midlands Police, Public Health England, Western Power, Environment Agency, West Midlands Ambulance and Cadent Gas.”

Factory fire in Waterman Road, Coventry

The smoke from the fire is billowing over Great Heath
The smoke from the fire was billowing over the A444 and the city(Image: Taia Dowd)1 of 4
Smoke billowing over Great Heath fire
People across Coventry could see the smoke from the factory blaze(Image: Phil Daniel)2 of 4
The fire ongoing within the last hour
(Image: Kieran Lee)