BBC News

Bournville Cadbury chocolate factory social club hit by blaze

Published
media captionFire rages in Bournville, Birmingham
Dozens of firefighters are tackling a blaze at a social club at Birmingham's Cadbury chocolate factory.
Crews from West Midlands Fire Service are at the scene at The Cadbury Club on Bournville Lane, Bournville.
People on Twitter reported hearing "a huge boom", while smoke could be seen from miles across the city.
The fire broke out at about 16:45 BST. The fire service said there were no reported injuries, but urged people to avoid the road and surrounding area.
image captionThe fire broke out opposite Cadbury's chocolate factory in Bournville
image copyright@laurenamanda96
image captionSocial media users reported being able to see smoke from the blaze for miles
Simon Harris, from the fire service, said crews were working to prevent the flames spreading to neighbouring buildings which are "very close" and were targeting the fire from all sides of the building.
  • Latest news and updates from the West Midlands
The blaze is affecting the whole building, which is often used by staff at the Cadbury factory, he said, and there were people inside the club at the time but all were accounted for.
image copyright@cliffatron
image captionWest Midlands Fire Service said the blaze was severe
Up to 40 firefighters are at the scene and Mr Harris said it was "extremely hard work in the heat" and crews had not yet been able to bring the fire under control.
There is no risk to the Cadbury factory which is across the road, he said, and the wind was taking the smoke away from it.
image copyright@BrumBabyBank
image captionNobody was injured in the fire
Investigators are on site but the cause of the fire is not yet clear, Mr Harris said.
Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Send your story ideas to: newsonline.westmidlands@bbc.co.uk

Related Topics

  • Birmingham
  • Bournville