Rotherwas fire update
The fire involved a warehouse at Bathgate Flooring Ltd in Fir Lane where, at the height of the incident, ten fire engines were in attendance along with water carriers, an aerial ladder platform, plus Command and Incident Support Units. While the fire was contained fairly rapidly, firefighters remained at the premises throughout the remainder of the week and through the weekend, working to damp down and fully extinguish the blaze. Their attendance has been scaled down gradually and crews left the premises at around 3.30pm yesterday afternoon (Monday 22 April), although further re-inspections were carried out yesterday evening and earlier this morning (Tuesday 23 April).
The factory unit was severely damaged as a result of the fire and there was also extensive smoke damage in the office space, but some machinery at the site was salvaged.
Fire investigation, completed yesterday (Monday 22 April), concluded that the fire started accidentally and was believed to have been caused by an electrical fault.