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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Chief Fire Officer says two firefighters have been hospitalised – seven others injured

The Chief Fire Officer for the West Midlands Fire Service, Vij Randeniya, has told ITV News Central that two firefighters have been hospitalised due to the blaze in Smethwick, with seven other personnel treated at the scene for injuries.

Vij Randeniya – Chief Fire Officer of the West Midlands Fire Service Credit: ITV News Central

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