Underground fire rises above New Street in Birmingham

Media playback is unsupported on your device

Media captionGasps as underground fire rises from city street

Part of a busy city centre street has been cordoned off after an underground fire reached above the surface in big flashes of flame.

West Midlands Police said the flames seen on New Street, Birmingham, shortly before 17:00 GMT were caused by an electrical fault below.

West Midlands Fire Service said it was liaising with power suppliers to isolate the problem electrics.

There are no reports of injuries, police say.

They add the public is not thought to be at risk.

Shoppers and workers who were about to make their way home have been sharing images of the scene, where tram travel has been disrupted.

Image copyright

Image caption

The cause of the blaze is believed to be an underground electrical fault

Image copyright

Image caption

Police officers are supporting the fire service as it tackles the flames

The fire service said it would tackle the blaze from within a service hatch, once Western Power Distribution had been able to isolate the electrics.

Image caption

The area around New Street has been cordoned off by police

Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.