29.3.2016 Huge fire near Adderley Park station


Fire crews remained at the scene overnight.

More than 100 fire fighters were tackling a huge fire at a recycling centre in Birmingham on Tuesday afternoon 29th March 2016.

The blaze at European Metal Recycling in Clarel Avenue, Saltley, began around 2.30pm.

Seventeen fire engines were rushed to the scene where the fire appeared to double in size within one hour.  Up to 800 tonnes of mixed plastic, rubber and metal were on fire, West Midlands Fire Service stated.  It is understood the blaze was started accidentally.  The specific cause has yet to be determined.

A thick plume of dark smoke could be seen from more than 20 miles from the site near Adderley railway station.

Power supplies to more than 4,000 homes around Saltley, Sparkhill and Small Heath were cut while an electricity pylon next to the site of the blaze was switched off.

Fire fighters looked set to remain at the scene in Saltley overnight to put the fire out before dampening down over the coming days, with local residents and drivers urged to keep windows and doors closed due to the smoke.

Police and Ambulance services have also been in attendance as well as personnel from National Grid, Network Rail, the Environment Agency, Public Health England and utility companies.

All power supplies which had been affected by the switch-off of an electricity pylon next to the scrap yard have been restored according to Western Power Distribution.  More than 4,000 properties were known to have been affected, though most supplies were back on within 20 minutes.

A Public Health England spokesperson said: “Members of the public whose homes might be affected by smoke are being urged to keep their doors and windows closed as a precaution for the time being.

“Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.  The situation is being monitored and further advice will be issued when necessary.”

Nearby Landor Street remained closed in both directions due to the smoke blowing across the road, while delays were being reported on Adderley Road and Arden Road over the course of the afternoon.

Fire chiefs say crews are making progress on extinguishing the Saltley scrap yard blaze, though work is likely to carry on for some time yet.

There were seventeen fire engines, 100 fire fighters, two aerial platforms, high volume water pumping equipment and a mobile incident command unit involved at the scene.

Chief Fire Officer Phil Loach said: “Fire crews have made progress and the fire has now been surrounded. These types of incidents draw in a lot of resources in the initial stages; this is to prevent the fire spreading.

“It is likely to be a protracted incident and we will be dealing with the incident for at least the next 24 hours.

“Although this type of incident creates a surge in demand for fire fighters and Fire Control, we will be re-distributing our remaining resources to provide the best protection possible in case of other incidents.”

Police and ambulance crews were also still in attendance.

Story collated by Liz Turnbull.

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