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Thousands of tons of paper and card ablaze at recycling plant in Birmingham

More than 100 firefighters were involved in tackling the flames at one stage.

Recycling plant fire (West Midlands Fire and Rescue/PA)

Richard Vernalls, PA

About 8,000 tons of paper and cardboard have gone up in flames at a recycling plant in the UK.

Up to 110 firefighters had been tackling the blaze at the Smurfit Kappa storage yard in the Nechells area on the outskirts of Birmingham city centre, at its height, West Midlands Fire Service said.

Dramatic drone footage, shot at night-time and later released by the brigade, showed the scale of the incident.

Firefighters tackling the Nechells recycling blaze. (West Midlands Fire Service/PA)

Emergency services were first called to the site off Mount Street at about 7.40pm on Sunday.

More than 30 fire appliances were deployed to the scene and 8,000 litres of water a minute were being pumped from a nearby canal at one point, said fire chiefs.

In a statement, the brigade said: “On-site fire safety procedures helped us in our initial attack on the fire,” adding investigators would start work on Monday to try to work out what started the blaze.

Thousands of tons of paper and cardboard have gone up in flames. (West Midlands Fire Service/PA)

“Firefighters have faced challenging conditions at the site, including the amount of smoke created,” the spokesman added.

Nearby residents and businesses have been asked to keep windows closed, while there have been no reports of any injuries.


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