THE fire service has said it will continue to keep an eye on hotspots after a large fire at a garage in Wordsley last night (Tuesday March 19).

More than 40 firefighters were deployed to tackle the flames at the Chemix Autocentre at Audnam.

West Midlands Fire Service was alerted just after 9pm to the drama, with seven crews from Stourbridge, Dudley, Brierley Hill, Haden Cross, West Bromwich and Tipton stations deployed to the scene.

Nearby residents had to be evacuated due to a huge plume of smoke coming from the property and the main road was closed to traffic.

Stourbridge News: Onlookers watch on as fire crews work at the scene of the fire at Chemix, WordsleyOnlookers watch on as fire crews work at the scene of the fire at Chemix, Wordsley (Image: Paul Gardner)

Firefighters eventually left the scene at 11.35pm but the blaze has reportedly left the garage building "significantly affected by fire and smoke".

A spokesperson for West Midlands Fire Service said the first crews had arrived at the scene "within five minutes of being mobilised" and they said of the incident: "This was a fire in single-storey car repair garage. Residents living nearby were evacuated as a precaution, due to the significant smoke plume.

"The fire was extinguished by crews wearing breathing apparatus. The building was significantly affected by fire and smoke.

"Audham Road was closed whilst we worked at the scene but re-opened a short time later.

"Crews returned to the incident this morning to extinguish discovered hotspots. We will continue to revisit the premises throughout the day."