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Crews tackle 'severe' Birmingham city centre fire

  • 10-7-2013

Firefighters have been tackling what they describe as a "severe" blaze near Birmingham city centre.

West Midlands Fire Service said five engines were called to the fire in a building on New Canal Street, in the east of the city centre, at 06:40 BST.

A spokesperson from the service said 25 firefighters were at the building, which is thought to be empty.

New Canal Street has been closed in both directions near the Fazeley Street junction.

The surrounding roads are likely to be affected for some time, the service said.

The fire service tweeted that a loud explosion was heard and that "100% of the building" was affected.

Earlier, it added that that the blaze was "beginning to die down".

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