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Carvers Fire, Wolverhampton Builders Merchant Destroyed By Blaze (PICTURES, VIDEO)

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The fire at Carvers builders merchants broke out just before lunchtime today
The fire at Carvers builders merchants broke out just before lunchtime today

A large fire broke out at a builders merchants in Wolverhampton this morning.

The Carvers blaze was attended by 50 firefighters and is now under control. Although no one hurt, the building was destroyed.

Owner Henry Carver told the BBC: “It just happened so quickly. That’s 115 years of history destroyed.”

Workers wept as they watched the building and their parked cars go up in flames, the Express and Star reported.

Explosions were heard at 12.30pm and the roof collapsed as small gas cannisters began to explode.

Mr Carver added: “We can take a little bit of happiness in that no one has died."

Drivers have been urged to avoid the area and the blaze caused some Liverpool rail services to be diverted. Wolverhampton train station was also temporarily closed.

Nearby houses and student halls were evacuated as a precaution and a 200 metre exclusion zone was set up around the fire as crews brought it under control.


Mark Payne
Very large fire in Carvers Builders merchants alongside the ring road in . Train station currently closed. Will update ASAP

West Midlands Police
There is a large fire at Carvers on Littles Lane in Wolverhampton this lunchtime, please avoid the area. Police and fire in attendance.

WMFS
10 pump fire: Carvers Builders, Wolverhampton. 50% involved in fire. Drifting somoke. No reports of any casualties.

WMAS
In attendance at a large fire in Wolverhampton with . Residence in the nearby vicinity are advised to keep their windows closed

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