How the Smethwick fire took hold

Firefighters are warning over the issues of fire safety for major waste and recycling plants, following a major fire in Smethwick earlier this month.

Jonathan Herrick, Fire Safety Manager, West Midlands Fire Service has been explaining to ITV News Central reporter, Chris Halpin, how the fire at Smethwick spread.

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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.