Electrical fault cause of Industrial Estate fire

Thursday, 12th March 2015

FIRE investigators have revealed that an ‘electrical fault’ caused yesterday’s fire on Lichfield Road Industrial Estate.

More than 50 firefighters tackled the blaze at a factory on the Lichfield Road Industrial Estate for most of the day yesterday, Wednesday 11 March.

The fire broke out at the former site of Timms in Gargarin, Lichfield Road Industrial Estate at around 10am.

The factory unit was being used as storage for ‘The Real Pork Scratching Company’ which began trading in 2012.

Fire crews from Tamworth, Tamworth Mercia, Lichfield, Chase Terrace, the aerial ladder platform, incident response unit and a fire engine from Burton as well as the command support vehicle from Stone attended the incident.

One fire engine from Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands and one each from Atherstone and Polesworth from Warwickshire were also called to the blaze.

Firefighters used five hose reel jets and wore six breathing apparatus at the peak of the incident.

e public as it remained within 25 metres of the factory itself. The material will be removed

by specialists. Around 100 workers have been evacuated from the site as a precaution. Firefighters are due to begin the damping down process shortly.”

At around 5pm, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed via their twitter account that their crews were still in attendance at the location and were expected to remain there in to the evening.

The investigation in to the cause of the blaze began today.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service put out this tweet a short time ago: “The fire at Timms on Lichfield Road Industrial Estate in Tamworth was caused by an electrical fault. It has been classed as accidental.”


A readers photo shows the blaze through the roof.

A readers photo shows the blaze through the roof.