Lye fires believed to have been arson

Two fires at a warehouse and stables in Lye on Sunday evening are believed to have been started deliberately.

West Midlands Fire Service crews from Stourbridge and Brierley Hill stations joined together to tackle the blazes at a warehouse and stables. They first received a 999 call at 7.55pm alerting them to the fire at an abandoned warehouse in Bromley Street.

Nine firefighters from Stourbridge and Brierley Hill were sent to the scene, where a skip was well alight inside the derelict building. Matthew Smith, a spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service, said:

“Two of the firefighters wore breathing apparatus to tackle to fire, using a main water jet. They left the scene just after 9pm. The fire was believed to have been started deliberately.”

Minutes later – at about 9.07pm – the crews were made aware of another blaze, this time in stables in Hayes Lane.

Again, firefighters from Stourbridge and Brierley Hill attended the incident, which saw a wooden stable, measuring 5m by 8m, and corrugated roof completely destroyed by the fire. Mr Smith added:

“The firefighters used a main water jet to put out the fire in the stables, which contained hay and straw. Fortunately, no horses were involved.

“After leaving the scene at about 10pm, we informed the police about looking into both fires.”

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said the force are investigating the fires, but could not confirm, or deny, if they are connected.


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