Smethwick fire explained

Firefighters are advising recycling plants on how to store rubbish to prevent fires. It comes just two weeks after the biggest fire the West Midlands has ever seen. A Chinese lantern landed on thousands of tonnes of rubbish at a centre in Smethwick.

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Magnitude of 100,000 tonnes of recycling material ablaze

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.

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