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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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  1. Chris Halpin

Lessons learned from plastic plant fire - full report

Two weeks after a huge fire at a plastics recycling plant in Smethwick, the fire service and the owners of the company are looking at ways to stop it happening again.

It started after a floating sky lantern landed on bales of recycled supermarket packaging and took days to put out. Now the clean up operation has finally begun in what was described as the biggest fire ever dealt with in the West Midlands. Chris Halpin reports.

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