A 'SEVERE' fire ripped through an industrial premises in Dudley overnight.

Firefighters raced to the scene at the unit on Dudley Central Trading Estate on Shaw Road just before midnight on Sunday (July 12).

Seven fire engines and 40 firefighters were at the scene at the height of the blaze, with the first of the crews arriving at the scene in under five minutes.

Paramedics also attended, but no patients needed treatment.

Resources were scaled down as the fire was contained, with just one fire engine at the scene by 5am this morning (July 13).

A fire investigator is currently investigating the cause of the blaze.

A spokesman from West Midlands Fire Service said: "At 11.57pm on Sunday 12 July we responded to a severe fire in an industrial unit on the Dudley Central Trading Estate, Shaw Road, Blowers Green.

"The first of our crews was at the scene in under 5 mins and we had a total of 7 fire engines, a hydraulic platform and some 40 firefighters there.

"Shaw Road was closed while we dealt with the incident.

"By 5.15am we had scaled down our resources to just one fire engine and our fire investigator who is working to establish the cause."

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "We were called to reports of a fire at an industrial premises on Shaw Road at 00.13am this morning. One ambulance, two paramedic officers and a HART paramedic attended the scene. Thankfully there were no patients requiring treatment."

The factory blaze comes just over a week after a fire broke out at the former Sir Gilbert Claughton School on nearby Blowers Green Road.

Last week, West Midlands Fire Service confirmed they believed the fire at the former school was started deliberately.