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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Bosses at destroyed plastic plant praise emergency services

The owners of the Jayplas recycling plant in Smethwick, which a fortnight ago was almost completely destroyed by fire, has praised the emergency services for their work.

Ten thousand tonnes of recycled supermarket packaging went up in flames when a lit sky lantern floated onto the site, causing what West Midlands Fire service has described as the largest blaze they've ever tackled.

In a statement today the company said:

Jayplas would once again like to thank the emergency services for their help in dealing with this tragic incident.

Their thoroughly professional handling of this ensured that this fire was contained and dealt with as quickly as possible.

Jayplas are now working closely with the environment agency to arrange to have the site cleared with minimal impact to the local environment and with little if any disruption to our surrounding neighbours and businesses.

We do hope to have the site operational as soon as possible.

– Jayplas statement

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