Two hundred firefighters now tackling Smethwick blaze – 50,000 tonnes of material alight

From the scene of fire in Smethwick Credit: ITV News Central

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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.