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Arson attack on listed building

A derelict factory has been set on fire by Arsonists causing a main road to be closed for several hours.

A derelict factory has been set on fire by Arsonists causing a main road to be closed for several hours.

The former ‘Larry’s Industrial  Tyres’ building on Wolverhampton Road, Wednesfield (opposite New Cross Hospital) was set on fire around 8pm on Tuesday 31st May, resulting in the road being closed and a diversion being put in place for several hours on Wednesday morning.

An elderly man who is thought to have been squatting in the building was taken to New Cross Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
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Police suspect arson

Police forensics experts have been investigating the scene and suspect arson as the cause of the fire.

Parts of the listed building will now be demolished in order to make it safe again, leaving another heritage building in Wednesfield facing an uncertain future.

The building which had been used as factory and barn was originally part of the New Cross Farm site, where the home of renowned calligrapher Daisy Alcock stood until it was demolished in March 2010 to make way for Hospital parking.

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