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Bournville Cadbury social club blaze fought through the night

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image captionWest Midlands Fire Service said the blaze was "severe"
Firefighters remain at the scene of a social club at Birmingham's Cadbury chocolate factory that was engulfed in fire.
Emergency services were called to The Cadbury Club on Bournville Lane, Bournville, at 16:45 BST on Friday.
The cause of the fire remains unknown, while roads closed overnight have since reopened.
One bride-to-be said she was "really sad" after recently booking the venue for her 2021 wedding reception.
"It's such a lovely building, I'm so sad about it," Kelly McKain said. "I am sad about our wedding but we've got a whole year, it's not the end of the world."
media captionFire rages in Bournville, Birmingham
The operation was scaled back shortly after 06:30 BST and two crews from West Midlands Fire Service remain at the scene to dampen down.
Nobody was injured in the blaze that consumed the entire building.
At its height, more than 40 firefighters were on the scene targeting the flames from all sides of the building.
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image captionPeople were in the club when the fire broke out but everyone got out safely
There were concerns the fire could spread to adjacent buildings however the fire service said only the social club had been affected.
The social club opened about 35 years ago and was often used by staff at the Cadbury factory over the road. It had only reopened its doors following lockdown last week.
image captionThe fire broke out opposite Cadbury's chocolate factory in Bournville
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image captionEmergency services were called to the social club in Bournville at about 16:45 BST on Thursday
Fire investigators attended the scene to establish the cause of the blaze.
Crews are expected to remain at the scene during the day to monitor hot spots and dampen down, the fire service said.
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