Smethwick fire explained

Firefighters are advising recycling plants on how to store rubbish to prevent fires. It comes just two weeks after the biggest fire the West Midlands has ever seen. A Chinese lantern landed on thousands of tonnes of rubbish at a centre in Smethwick.

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50,000 tonnes of recycling material on fire at Smethwick blaze

More than 30 fire engines are at the Smethwick fire Credit: Huw Jones, WMAS

Around 50,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material and a factory unit are on fire at a blaze in Smethwick.

West Midlands Fire Service says more than 30 fire engines are at the scene.

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