Fire in Nechells: Huge fire at a recycling plant, thousands of tons of cardboard burn

A huge fire has erupted at a recycling plant in Birmingham, catching thousands of tons of cardboard and paper on fire as firefighters battle the blaze

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Fire in Nechells: Fire tears through recycling plant

A huge fire has erupted at a recycling plant, engulfing thousands of tons of cardboard and paper as locals are urged to keep their windows closed.

More than 20 water pumps, two air hydraulic platforms, a drone and a high volume water pump unit are fighting the massive fire in Nechells, Birmingham that has left a plume of smoke in the air.

Locals have been told to avoid the area and keep their windows and doors closed and firefighters were called to the blaze for the first time at 7:40pm this evening with over 100 firefighters.

Crews are said to be working “extremely hard” to keep the fire under control and video captured from the area shows the extent of their challenge.

The massive fire erupted at the local Smurfit Kappa packaging plant, elevating thousands of tons of cardboard and paper into smoke.

Drone footage of the terrible fire


West Midlands Fire Brigade)

In an earlier statement, the West Midlands Fire Brigade said 15 pumps were present before being increased.

The video shows the flames glowing orange as smoke billows into the air.

Above, a voice can be heard talking about the “full fire” location, which looks “pretty bad”. If you zoom in you can clearly see how wide the flame really is.

The chilling images from the crime scene show the damage and destruction, with huge stacks of paper and cardboard burning in front of the firefighters.

The fire shredded thousands of tons of paper and cardboard

Specialized high-volume pumps are used to fight the fire. Sheldon Fire Station, a local fire station, said: “Red Watch from Sheldon Fire Station is currently at a major fire in the Nechells area of ​​Birmingham.

“As a specialized high-performance pumping station, we supply the affected soil with large volumes of water from the Rea river.”

Tonight just before a quarter to ten the West Midlands Fire Service tweeted their first update saying: “15 pumps at Nechells large recycling plant, Heartlands Parkway is closed, avoid area, keep windows and doors closed.”

Twenty water pumps fight the fire

An update followed shortly thereafter at 9:49 p.m., which read: “Make pumps 20 at Smurfit Kappa 1000 tons of cardboard and paper on fire, crews are working extremely hard.”

There are currently no reports of casualties and there have been reports of ash falling from the sky onto roads in the area.

Local roads have been closed due to the incident and traffic information service Inrix said: “The A47 Heartlands Parkway in both directions has been closed due to a building fire at a recycling plant from Aston Church Road to the B4114 Saltley Viaduct. To the north-east of the city centre, between Duddeston and the Washwood Heath area.”

In a 10.40pm Twitter update, West Midlands Police said: “#Bunitparklane officers support @WestMidsFire at Smurfit Kappa. Road closures in place #HeartlandsParkway for #publicsafety. Please stay away from the area. Log 3233 refers to it. (LOD).”

West Midlands Fire Brigade said they are expected to battle the blaze throughout the night.

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