Vijith Randeniya, chief fire officer of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service said a Chinese fire lantern which sparked the fire in Smethwick has caused £6 million worth of damage.
We have a situation where a fire has started here, £6 million-worth of loss, started by one of these lanterns and that was eminently preventable.
We don't want to be party poopers and we know they are used in a lot of celebrations.
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.