A HUGE fire has broken out this afternoon (Saturday) on Lichfield Road Industrial Estate.
Emergency services have descended on to Lichfield Road Industrial estate due to a large fire in the grounds of Solus Coaches within Lovell.
A reader of Tamworth Informed has stated that on driving past the location, they could see a number of coaches on fire.
Readers from across the town have also been sending in photographs and videos of thick black smoke billowing into the sky, with people reportedly seeing the plumes as far away as Sutton Coldield and Burntwood.
Dozens of messages have flooded into our inbox with concerns about large plumes of smoke around the area of Lichfield Road Industrial Estate.
There are currently six fire appliances in attendance from both Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Fire Service, which are working to control the blaze.
This means that there are around 24 firefighters at the location and we wish them all luck and hope they remain safe.
Staffordshire crews have come from Tamworth, Lichfield, Rugeley and Barton-under-Needwood.
Staffordshire Police have confirmed that the fire is at Solus Coaches and have asked the public to stay away from the area for their own safety.
We are supporting Stafford Fire and Rescue at a large fire at Solus Coach Travel Ltd, Tamworth. We request that members of the public stay away from the location for their own safety. A further press release will be provided when further details are available.
— Staffordshire Police (@StaffsPolice) December 29, 2018
The fire is now under control and sadly a number of shells of burned out coaches can be seen.
The operation at the site has now been scaled back to two appliances and the investigation into the cause will commence at 9.00am tomorrow (Sunday), says Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The incident at Apollo, Lichfield Road Industrial Estate #Tamworth has now been scaled down to 2 fire appliances. Crews will stay in attendance all night and fire Investigation will continue at 09:00 tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Yb9lpF0GCb
— Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service (@StaffsFire) December 29, 2018
Fortunately, it is not believed that anyone is injured at this time.
Our thoughts are with the owners of Solus Coaches, their neiggbours and all those employed at the locations, who this will undoubtedly affect.
A selection of readers images and videos.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to send us footage or images. Please remember to stay safe and do not endanger yourself.