Image by @petedrummond666 on Twitter
Image by @petedrummond666 of @WestMidsFire on Twitter

The A38 Bristol Road South was closed for a short period of time this afternoon as fire crews checked the safety of a metal panel on the roof of Bournville College that had been loosed by heavy gusts of wind.

Crews from Kings Norton and Bickenhill, assisted by a specialist Technical Rescue Unit, took to the roof while police diverted traffic around the college in case of any falling materials.

A section of Bristol Road South, between Longbridge Island and Tessall Lane, was closed from around 2pm until just before 3pm, causing some delays in the general area. Buses were also diverted while the panelling was made safe.

Bournville College tweeted: “Our building has sustained some minor damage due to strong winds. As a precautionary measure, the Fire Brigade is now carrying out checks. A small section of the Bristol Road has been closed for a short while whilst the checks are carried out. Apologies for any inconvenience.”

Pete Drummond of the West Midlands Fire Service Technical Rescue Unit also tweeted to apologise for any delays but stressed the importance of maintaining the safety of fire crews saying: “30 metres up in open air can be tricky in high winds.”

Image by Martyn Ingham
Image by Martyn Ingham

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