Aerial ladder platform helps crews fight severe fire in derelict building

Cofton Hackett derelict building fire

The aerial ladder platform from Worcester Fire Station was required at a severe fire in Cofton Hackett, near Birmingham.

Crews from Bromsgrove and Redditch along with West Midlands colleagues from Northfield and Kings Norton were also called out to Rose Hill at 2.07am on Saturday (29 July).

There were reports of smoke coming from a derelict, detached building measuring approximately 40m by 20m.

The crews fought a severe fire in the roof space of the two-storey structure and had to split the response into sectors.

Sector one involved the aerial ladder platform and a hose reel jet while two main jets and a hose reel jet were used in the other.

But the latter operation was restricted by falling roof tiles with a nine-metre ladder, one jet and ceiling hooks helping the crews remove them.

The police were initially in attendance with the road closed and there were no casualties.

A fire inspection revealed that arson was believed to be the cause of the fire.

The final crews left the scene at 7.59am before a reinspection was carried out later in the morning.

However, crews from Bromsgrove, Redditch and Kings Norton had to revisit at 7.36pm on Saturday after another report of smoke issuing at the same building.

They used a compressed air foam system to extinguish a fire in the roof before dampening down and turning over at the scene.

The crews left the incident at 8.56pm.