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Parts of derelict Walsall factory collapse in blaze

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Media captionFormer factory in Walsall engulfed by fire

A derelict factory has partially collapsed after a large fire broke out.

Photos taken by witnesses showed flames and smoke billowing from the top floor of the building in Marsh Street, Walsall.

At its height, dozens of firefighters were called in to tackle the blaze, which was reported to West Midlands Fire Service at 16:50 BST on Tuesday.

Police said the fire was being treated as suspected arson and investigations were continuing.

Nine fire engines were deployed to the site, with crews from areas including Willenhall, Bilston, Bloxwich, West Bromwich, Aldridge, Smethwick and Tipton.

By 06:00 BST on Wednesday, the fire service said the incident had been scaled down, with one pump remaining at the scene.

One crew is due to remain at the site for the rest of the day.

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Image caption Photos show flames and smoke billowing from the top floor
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Image caption The blaze sent smoke plumes billowing into the sky
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Image caption The fire service was called at 16:50 BST on Tuesday

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