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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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Environment Agency checks canal oxygen levels

The Environment Agency have been checking oxygen levels in the Birmingham canal following a major fire at a recycling plant in Smethwick yesterday.

Members of the Environment Agency at the Birmingham canal Credit: ITV News Central

The body said its "primary concern" was to ensure the protection of the environment and the local community.

Working with West Midlands Fire Service, Severn Trent Water and the Canal & River Trust, the Agency has tried to minimise any fire water run-off entering the canal, with most being contained and pumped into the sewer.

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