Multiple roads closed as crews battle major building blaze

Multiple roads into Solihull are closed as a number of fire crews battle a major building blaze. A fire broke out this morning, May 24, in a derelict building in the village of Balsall Common.[1][2]

Several crews are currently working to extinguish the fire, which broke out at the disused building on Holly Lane in Balsall Common. A total of eight fire engines and a hydraulic platform have been mobilized as crews work at the scene.

Several roads are also closed, and crews from across the border in Kenilworth have also been drafted in as part of the emergency response. Holly Lane, and the junction of Frog Lane to Alder Lane are all closed to traffic this afternoon as crews remain at the scene.

Police and fire in attendance on Holly Lane, Balsall Common to tackle a fire

All three roads are key routes into Solihull and Coventry, as well as into the village itself. BirminghamLive is at the scene this afternoon, where hose reels and jets were being used to dampen the flames.

A West Midlands Fire service spokesperson said: "Shortly after 9.10am on Wednesday 24 May, we were called to reports of a derelict building on fire in Holly Lane, Balsall Common.

"Eight fire engines, a 4x4 brigade response vehicle and a hydraulic platform are in attendance at the scene. A fire engine from Kenilworth station (Warwickshire Fire and Rescue) is also in attendance Two hose reels and two main jets are being used to extinguish the fire.

"Holly Lane has been closed. The junction of Frog Lane to Alder Lane has also been closed as crews continue to work at the scene."

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