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The Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority has attacked the Government over financial cutbacks, in the wake of the largest fire in the history of the service.
The incident, which started late on Sunday night in Smethwick, needed 200 firefighters and over 40 fire engines and aerial ladders to bring it under control.
Talks are to be held on Chinese lanterns after Labour questioned if "absolutely nothing" was being done by the Government following a recycling plant blaze in Smethwick.
Fire Services believe a lantern floating above the Jayplas facility sparked a fire which ripped through 100,000 plastic bales and causing £6 million of damage.
Environment minister David Heath told the Commons that further talks are planned with the Department for Communities and Local Government to see what action can be taken.
The Country Land Association has called for a ban on skylanterns, or Chinese lanterns, to cut the risk of livestock deaths and fires.
Earlier this week a major fire at a factory in Smethwick led to the destruction of 50,000 tonnes of recycling material, West Midlands Fire Service believe a Chinese lantern could have been the cause. CLA President Harry Cotterell said:
Firefighters remain at the recycling plant in Smethwick, where crews have been controlling a blaze for more than 54 hours.
The fire, which destroyed 100,000 tonnes of plastic, was started when a drifting Chinese lantern landed in the yard.
Some MPs from the Midlands are calling on tougher regulations to limit damage caused by Chinese lantern.
Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has passed onto West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service the Prime Minister's praise for the fire fighters still on the scene of a factory fire in Smethwick.
West Midlands Fire Service has released CCTV footage of the moment it believes a Chinese lantern floated into a recyling centre in Smethwick, starting a huge blaze. In the short clip, the object appears after 11 seconds from the right of the picture.
West Midlands Fire Service has released CCTV footage of the Chinese lantern which they believe caused a major recycling plant fire in Smethwick yesterday.
The video, which was released on the Fire Service's website, shows the lantern approaching the recycling material at the site.
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Northamptonshire's Arson Task Force is warning local residents about floating lanterns following the fire at a Smethwick recycling plant.
Around 50,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material and a factory is on fire in Smethwick.