Pictures kindly supplied by Walsall Wood resident Stephen Hill
There’s currently (6:35pm, 3rd January 2017) a serious fire occurring at the the derelict former Oak Park Recreation Centre in Walsall Wood.
Reports of the incident started to come in around 5:15pm. West Midlands Fire Service currently have nine appliances attending. Interesting in that a few months ago, the Fire Service used the site as the base for a training exercise…
The centre has been due for demolition for a while, and is destined to become sports pitches for the new centre behind it. Apparently, asbestos removal had been recently completed in preparation for the building’s removal.
Stephen Hill, who also supplied most of the photos in this post, also took the following footage:
An incident support unit has been drafted in, and West Midland Ambulance Service and West Midlands Police are also in attendance.
I do hope nobody’s hurt, and thanks to the emergency services dealing with this.\
West Midlands Fire Deputy Chief Officer Phil Hales has been posting some very informative tweets:
Initial Crews in attendance in 4 mins carrying out Assertive Safe & Effective Firefighting to contain fire. https://t.co/soyqg5nhmo— Andy Smith (@andysmith6359) January 3, 2017
Area Commander Brook is now incident commander. BA crews within building extinguishing fire & carrying out search.— Andy Smith (@andysmith6359) January 3, 2017
Fire is in roof of rooms adjacent to reception area— Andy Smith (@andysmith6359) January 3, 2017
Incident Support Unit know in attendance to support BA operations at Oak Park Leisure Centre pic.twitter.com/EPnvIsQ56W— Andy Smith (@andysmith6359) January 3, 2017
AC Ben Brook currently holding multi-agency briefing at Oak Park Leisure Centre incident pic.twitter.com/hLFtHCWeCp— Andy Smith (@andysmith6359) January 3, 2017
Incident at Oak Park Leisure Centre at 15 appliances to provide sufficient BA crews. Crews making steady progress in challenging conditions. pic.twitter.com/B2ZCHLr9zV— Andy Smith (@andysmith6359) January 3, 2017
West Midlands Fire Service at Aldridge tweeted:
UPDATE: We now have 9 appliances dealing with a severe building fire on Lichfield Road #WalsallWood— West Midlands Fire (@WestMidsFire) January 3, 2017
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