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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.

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Smethwick fire: Residents urged to stay out of smoke

Smoke is rising about 6,000ft in the air Credit: WMFS

West Midlands Fire Service is warning residents near the fire at a recycling plant on Dartmouth Road, Smethwick, to keep windows closed and stay out of the smoke.

It says smoke is rising about 6,000ft high and is coming down in the Chelmsley Wood area.

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