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Firefighters are still battling to bring the Smethwick blaze under control amid the devastation, with some standing on the remains of burnt recycled material to hose down the fire.
West Midlands Fire Service said firefighters have reduced the blaze in Smethwick to a third its original size.
West Midlands Fire Service has called for an urgent review of the legislation regarding the use of "airborne fire lanterns".
The brigade posted a statement on its website in response to what it described as "one of the biggest fires in its history in Smethwick, believed to have been started by a Chinese lantern at around 11pm last night.
Twitter users have taken to the social networking site, reflecting the size and extent of the fire in Smethwick:
The West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed that 100,000 tonnes of recycling material is ablaze in Smethwick.
That equates to:
- Four HMS Ark Royals at 22,000 tonnes each
- 769 Boeing 747s
- More than 13 Eiffel Towers
Chief Fire Officer Vij Randeniya, says CCTV cameras nearby have picked up a Chinese lantern landing on the recycling plant on Dartmouth Road.
A total of 11 firefighters have been treated by ambulance crews for a variety of minor injuries, include heat exhaustion and minor burns.
The Chief Fire Officer for the West Midlands Fire Service, Vij Randeniya, has announced that the Smethwick blaze was caused by a Chinese lantern landing on recycling material.
The lantern, which is yet to be investigated by West Midlands Fire Service, was caught on CCTV hovering over the plant on Dartmouth Road.
West Midlands Fire Service has confirmed 10 firefighters received treatment at the scene.A spokesman said two were taken to hospital - one with an eye injury and another with an ankle injury.Eight more were treated at the scene for minor heat-related injuries, he added.
A spokeswoman for Birmingham Airport confirmed the Smethwick blaze was not affecting flights.
She said: "Operations are continuing as normal and the fire has had no impact on any of our services."
Latest ITV News reports
Firefighters are struggling to deal with a fire at a recycling plant in the Midlands which was started by a stray Chinese lantern.
Around 50,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material and a factory is on fire in Smethwick.