Birmingham fire crews battle blaze in Digbeth
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Birmingham fire crews battle blaze in Digbeth

3.34pm

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Eye-witness Selina Brown, Founder of Little Miss Creative, Birmingham:

"I was walking out the custard factory, I saw a big blank grey cloud above the whole of Birmingham as I walked towards town. The smoke got darker and thicker, and it was harder to breath. People were screaming and running, everyone thought it was a bomb."

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3.26pm

Eye-witness Angela Creaton, 48, Manager of The White Swan, Birmingham:

"It was scary at first, the smoke was thick and you could barely see your own hand in front of you. The smoke has died down now, and the traffic is open again. It was a shock but it's okay now."

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3.11pm

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Eye-witness Clara Jennings, 30, bartender at the Birmingham Irish Centre, Digbeth:

"There aren't any flames at the moment, just lots of smoke. I went out before to see what was happening, but it's settled down."

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3.00pm

FORTY firefighters in the West Midlands are attending a blaze that has broken out in central Birmingham. 

Clouds of heavy smoke have been spotted by residents in Digbeth, which boasts a large Irish community, and the West Midlands Fire Service have warned people to avoid the area. The incident was first reported at 2.09pm when the fire broke out at the Wholesale Market on Pershore Street in Birmingham City Centre. West Midlands Fire Service told The Irish Post that 20 per cent of the two storey commercial unit - that offers vegetable, meat and fish markets - has been affected. Eight fire engines are currently attending the scene.

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2.45pm

FIRE crews in the West Midlands are battling a blaze that has broken out in Birmingham this afternoon.

Clouds of heavy smoke have been spotted by residents in Digbeth, which boasts a large Irish community, and many people have taken to social media to share the news.

Residents have been warned to avoid the area, whilst police and fire crews attend the scene.

 

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