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Cecil St, Newtown: Update on factory fire

Update: 11:15am

Birmingham City Council remains on the scene of the fire in an industrial building on Cecil Street/Lower Tower Street, Newtown (close to the City Centre)

Officers from Birmingham Resilience Team were alerted to a large black plume of smoke rising across the city centre shortly after 7pm last night (27th May).  An emergency planning officer was immediately dispatched to the scene to support the emergency services.

West Midlands Police closed a number of roads in the area whilst firefighters tackled the fire.  Most of the area around the incident is industrial and there are few residential properites, however any residents in the area affected by the smoke were advised (following fire service advice) to keep windows and doors closed.  Birmingham City Council sent out Birmingham Community Alert messages to members of the public who had registered in the local area and also worked with the Police to manage road closures with barriers and signage.

The fire service confirmed the factory contained asbestos and therefore this has extended the clear up operation.  Birmingham City Council dispatched specialist contractors to clear debris off the main A38 (Newtown Row) in order to ensure this road was operational by the morning.  A city council structural surveyor was also at the scene assisting the fire service with their assessment of the building.  There is no risk to the public from the asbestos, which is well contained within the site.

The fire service have remained on site throughout the evening and Birmingham Resilience Team remained on site until 1:30am to co-ordinate the clean up operation and assist the emergency services.   Some roads were able to be re-opened and no residential properties were affected.  The city council has emergency accommodation on standby, should it have been required.

Work continued throughout the night and has continued into this morning with continued assessments of the building and the continued damping down of the factory by the fire service.

The main A38 (Newtown Row) has re-opened (apart from one lane outbound from Lancaster Circus) but some local roads (Cecil Street/Lower Tower Street) remain closed.

Demolition work will take place today on the building and roads will be re-opened once they have been cleaned and clear for traffic.

Birmingham Resilience Team are continuing to provide updates and monitor the incident.


Picture from Birmingham Post and Mail

Picture from Birmingham Post and Mail


Photo from  "trilby"

Photo from “trilby”




Update: 8:15 AM – 28th May.


Local side roads remain closed as per our last posting whilst clearing up is in progress.  However, the main A34 road is currently opened although a lane closure is in place heading out of the city.  Motorists are still advised to find an alternative route if travelling in this direction.  Further updates will be posted throughout the morning as necessary.





Update at 22:54hrs.

All roads off  Summer Lane leading to New Town Row will remain cordoned off.  New Town Row remains closed from New Town Middleway to Lancaster Circus.  Roads are expexcted to be opened by rush hour tomorrow morning.

No further updates will be provided on this website untill the morning.


West Midlands Fire Service are currently dealing with a Factory Fire in Cecil Street (City Centre).   West Midlands Fire Service are advising residents to remain in doors and shut windows until further notice.  The main area affected is Cecil Street,  Lancaster Street, Matalan Island and immediate area of Aston Expressway.  Area is cordoned off and drivers are advised to find alternative routes.   This website will be updated when we have further information



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