'Ash cloud' fills the sky after recycling plant blaze

Twitter users have taken to the social networking site, reflecting the size and extent of the fire in Smethwick:

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Fire still burning at Jayplas Recycling Plant in Smethwick - thoughts are with the 11 injured firefighters.

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Ash cloud only just starting to clear from Smethwick & we're a good 5/10 miles away in Aston it was like it was a minute away was that bad.

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Can actually see the smoke from the Smethwick fire on my road. I don't even live in Smethwick? #massivefire

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Smethwick blaze CCTV released

West Midlands Fire Service has released CCTV footage of the moment it believes a Chinese lantern floated into a recyling centre in Smethwick, starting a huge blaze