Four hundred 999 calls to report Smethwick fire

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#smethwickfire Fire Control have just taken their 400th 999 call for the fire in Dartmouth Rd Smethwick http://t.co/9CZpscEvBF

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Only call 999 if necessary, keep doors and windows closed if near smoke plume #smethwickfire http://t.co/X9sV5TgCsN

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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.