Investigation into Industrial Estate fire to begin tomorrow morning

Saturday, 29th December 2018

STAFFORDSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have stated that the investigation into the cause of the fire on Lichfield Road Industrial Estate will begin tomorrow morning, Sunday 30th December.

SFRS have now also announced that the operation has now been scaled back, but that two appliances will remain at the location overnight.

We first reported the incident on Saturday afternoon when we were alerted by readers that there was an ongoing incident.

Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that the fire was serious and that a number of vehicles at Solus Coaches on Lovell had been caught in the blaze.

Andy Garrett, the owner of Solus Coaches has told Tamworth Informed: “I can confirm that we will be back up and running as normal within the next day or so.

“All holidays, School services and hires will still run as per scheduled bookings.”

Readers from across the town begun sending in photographs and videos of thick black smoke billowing into the sky and people reported seeing the plumes as far away as Sutton Coldfield, Polesworth and Burntwood.

At the peak of the blaze, there were six fire appliances in attendance at the location from across the county and neighbouring West Midlands.

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Our timeline of the events

13:52

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Dozens of messages have flooded into our inbox with concerns about large plumes of smoke around the area of Lichfield Road Industrial Estate.

14:58

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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.

15:15

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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.

16:35

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The fire is now under control and sadly a number of shells of burned out coaches can be seen. 

19:25

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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.

21:37

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Andy Garrett, the owner of Solus Coaches has told Tamworth Informed: “I can confirm that we will be back up and running as normal within the next day or so.

“All holidays, School services and hires will still run as per scheduled bookings.”

Our thoughts are with the owners of Solus Coaches, their neiggbours and all those employed at the locations, who this will undoubtedly affect.