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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Firefighters remain at Smethwick blaze

Fire crews dampening down area where fire may be burning beneath the surface Credit: ITV News Central

Firefighters remain at the recycling plant in Smethwick, where crews have been controlling a blaze for more than 54 hours.

The fire, which destroyed 100,000 tonnes of plastic, was started when a drifting Chinese lantern landed in the yard.

Some MPs from the Midlands are calling on tougher regulations to limit damage caused by Chinese lantern.

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