Thursday 19 January 2017

Watch: Over 100 firefighters respond to 'severe' ongoing blaze at scrap metal recycling plant

Alexander Britton

Published 30/03/2016 | 10:13

Firefighters fought a blaze in Birmingham involving up to 800 tonnes of mixed plastic, rubber and metal Credit: West Midlands Fire Service/PA Wire
Firefighters fought a blaze in Birmingham involving up to 800 tonnes of mixed plastic, rubber and metal Credit: West Midlands Fire Service/PA Wire
Firefighters fought a blaze in Birmingham involving up to 800 tonnes of mixed plastic, rubber and metal Credit: West Midlands Fire Service/PA Wire
Firefighters fought a blaze in Birmingham involving up to 800 tonnes of mixed plastic, rubber and metal Credit: West Midlands Fire Service/PA Wire
Firefighters fought a blaze in Birmingham involving up to 800 tonnes of mixed plastic, rubber and metal Credit: West Midlands Fire Service/PA Wire
Firefighters fought a blaze in Birmingham involving up to 800 tonnes of mixed plastic, rubber and metal Credit: West Midlands Fire Service/PA Wire
At its peak more than 100 firefighters were drafted in to tackle the "severe" blaze Credit: West Midlands Fire Service/PA Wire
General view of a fire at a recycling centre in Birmingham, as more than 60 firefighters were sent to tackle the "serious" blaze and smoke from the fire at the site on Clarel Avenue has been seen for miles around the city centre Credit: Alex Britton/PA Wire

Around 70 firefighters are continuing to tackle a blaze at a scrap metal recycling centre.

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The fire in Clarel Avenue, Birmingham, involving up to 800 tonnes of mixed plastic, rubber and metal, started at around 2pm on Tuesday

West Midlands Fire Service said crews made "good progress" in dealing with the blaze overnight despite challenging conditions.

At its peak more than 100 firefighters were drafted in to tackle the "severe" blaze, which is believed to have started accidentally.

A statement from the fire service said: "We're likely to remain there for a good part of today."

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