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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Nine firefighters injured by Smethwick blaze

Crews responded to a major fire at a re-cycling plant in Smethwick overnight.

“Ambulance staff have treated 9 patients for injuries received at the scene. Three of these patients were later conveyed to a local hospital as a precautionary measure.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

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