Devastating Perry Barr fire “accidental”
A fire that ripped through a Perry Barr recreational venue was “accidental”, confirms West Mids Fire Service.
The incident caused major traffic issues after the blaze tore through the site during the Tuesday evening rush hour.
The building is situated next to one of Birmingham’s busiest commuter routes, the A34.
West Mids Fire Service posted a message on its Twitter page to confirm it had completed its preliminary investigations:
“Our investigators believe the fire started accidentally, although their inquiries will continue today.
“The fire was extinguished overnight, with crews making return visits to check for any hot spots.”
The fire broke out just after 4pm which spread quickly with witnesses describing “huge orange flames coming out of the roof of the building.”
The African Village is an independent restaurant and late night bar.
In just under an hour, the fire service confirmed flames had spread across 80% of the building.
Station Commander Lee Baker tweeted that the roof had collapsed inwards as a result of structural damage.
Roads around the Perry Barr island where the venue is situated were closed to make way for forty fire fighters.
All bus routes through the area were effected, causing knock on delays across the wider area for passengers.