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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Fire service releases CCTV footage of Chinese lantern

West Midlands Fire Service has released CCTV footage of the Chinese lantern which they believe caused a major recycling plant fire in Smethwick yesterday.

The Chinese lantern appears in the top middle part of the photograph Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

The video, which was released on the Fire Service's website, shows the lantern approaching the recycling material at the site.

The lantern can be seen appearing in the top right corner Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

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