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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

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.

First pictures of Birmingham paper mill fire

A member of the West Midlands Ambulance Service tweeted images of a fire at a 150-year-old paper mill in Birmingham.

Tweet: "F Team as medical cover to @WestMidsFire crews while they tackle the blaze. No persons reported at the fire" Credit: Twitter/@wmasshawkins
Tweet: "F Team tonight are at a large industrial fire in #Saltley #Birmingham as part of a #Multiagency response" Credit: Twitter/@wmasshawkins

100 firefighters attend paper mill blaze in Birmingham

West Midlands Fire Service have reported that 100 firefighters are currently tackling a blaze at the 150-year-old Smurfit Kappa paper mill in Birmingham.