Fire causes damage at Molineux stadium

“Considerable” damage has been caused by a fire in a hospitality suite and a number of adjacent areas in the Billy Wright Stand, at Molineux.

Thankfully, no one was hurt in the incident, which was phoned-in to the fire service by a member of the security team at 1.56am, on the morning of Sunday 23rd January.West Midlands Fire Service were in attendance within five minutes, and crews from Wolverhampton, Fallings Park, Willenhall and Bilston tackled the fire, which started in the Sir Jack Hayward Suite bar area.

Andy Howard, watch manager at Wolverhampton fire station, said: “There’s been a fire in the bar area. It was contained to the room of origin but the bar area and part of the workspace was involved in fire. Otherwise it was just smoke damage to the rest of the floor.”

Police officers were also sent to the scene but paramedics were not needed. Firefighters left the scene at 6.45am, before coming back to Molineux later in the morning to check on the situation and assess the damage.

Wolves’ facilities, safety and security director, Steve Sutton, 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.”