Molineux suffers ‘considerable damage’ during fire

Considerable damage has been caused at Molineux, home of Premier League football club Wolverhampton Wanderers, after a fire broke out at the stadium in the early hours of yesterday (Sunday) morning.

In a statement released yesterday, Wolves confirmed that nobody was hurt in the incident, which was phoned in to the fire service by a member of the stadium’s security team at 1.56am.

The fire caused damage in a hospitality suite at Molineux, as well as a number of adjacent areas in the Billy Wright Stand. The fire started in the Sir Jack Hayward Suite bar area.

Fire crews from Wolverhampton, Fallings Park, Willenhall and Bilston tackled the fire, with police officers also sent to the scene. Firefighters left the scene at 6.45am before returning to Molineux later in the morning to check the situation and assess the damage.

Wolves did not state what caused the fire but the BBC has reported that an electrical appliance is thought to have started the blaze.

Steve Sutton, Wolves’ facilities, safety and security director, said: “Thank you to the quick and excellent work of West Midlands Fire Service for their prompt assistance in tackling the flames and getting the fire under control as quickly as possible.

“It will take some days to fully assess the damage that has been caused, however it is quite significant and will take some time to repair. Any supporter packages affected for the next game will be communicated by the relevant departments over the coming days.

“The most important thing of course is that no one was present at the time, apart from our 24-hour security team, and no one was hurt. We apologise to residents in the area for the very loud alarms that went off late into the night, but hope they understand their necessity at such a critical time.”

Molineux did not host a match at the weekend, with Wolves playing away at Brentford on Saturday.

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