'Severe' blaze at UK paper mill

Around 100 firefighters are currently tackling a "severe" blaze at a 150-year-old Smurfit Kappa paper mill in Birmingham, West Midlands Fire Service has said.

Fire expected to burn for days after paper mill blaze

The tens of thousands of tons of cardboard at a paper Mill near Birmingham is expected to keep burning for days after a fire.

Firefighters continue to try and douse the flames at a paper mill.
Firefighters continue to try and douse the flames at a paper mill. Credit: Phil Barnett/PA Wire

More than 70 firefighters are still tackling the blaze over a seven-acre area at the Smurfit Kappa paper mill in the Nechells area of Birmingham.

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Cause of paper mill fire being investigated by police

One hundred fire fighters with 20 engines have been tackling a "severe" fire at a paper recycling mill in Nechells in Birmingham overnight.

A "severe" fire at the Smurfit Kappa paper mill in Birmingham Credit: Daybreak

It is thought the fire started in an outside storage area containing cardboard bales, the cause of the fire is being investigated.

The paper mill celebrated 150 years in business last year Credit: Daybreak

10,000 tonnes of cardboard ablaze at Birmingham mill

Around 10,000 tonnes of recycled cardboard bales are on fire at the Smurfit Kappa paper mill in Birmingham, West Midlands Fire Service has said.

The service said crews and agencies are continuing to battle high winds but are "working extremely hard" to bring the blaze under control.

Northfield Fire service has issued an updated picture of the fire at the Smurfit Kappa site. Credit: Twitter/@Northfieldfire

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Helicopter support in battle to put out paper mill fire

West Midlands Police have confirmed they are giving helicopter support to the effort to extinguish the fire at the Smurfit Kappa paper mill in Birmingham.

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If you follow @wmpolice or @westmidsfire you will know that there is a large fire in Nechells. We have been airborne for long periods...

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...assisting in providing an aerial view and tactical support. Apologies for the noise, it's unavoidable.

Firefighters tackling major blaze at paper mill

Fire services are battling a major blaze at a paper recycling plant in Birmingham. Credit: Twitter/@WMPolice/@BhamUpdates
The fire at the Smurfit Kappa mill started just after 10pm, West Midlands Police has said. Credit: Twitter/@WMPolice/@BhamUpdates
Police said high winds were hampering the first efforts to extinguish the fire. Credit: Twitter/@WMPolice/@BhamUpdates

Paper mill fire sparked in outside storage area

A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service has said the fire at the Smurfit Kappa plant in Birmingham is in "a very large outside storage area, containing cardboard bales".

The site in Mount Street, in the Nechells area of the city, is a recycled packaging mill.

According to its website, Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading producers of paper-based packaging in the world with more than 41,000 employees in 32 countries.

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