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Gavin Bevis, BBC Local Live

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STANDARD 0817 Smethwick fire

Thirty-five fire engines were sent to the fire, which broke out at about 23:00 yesterday.

The blaze sent a plume of smoke 6,000 feet into the air. Birmingham Airport has been alerted, although there is currently no impact on flights

STANDARD 0821 Smethwick fire

Max sent us this photo of his view in Wolverhampton of the smoke plume from the Smethwick fire.

Smethwick fire

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STANDARD 0828 Smethwick fire

BBC WM's Michelle Dawes is reporting from the scene of the fire in Smethwick. Listen live.

Smethwick fire

Area commander Steve Vincent tells her: "We haven't evacuated any of the local residents because this is mainly an industrial area, but we have had some minor injuries to some of our firefighters at the scene."

STANDARD 0835 Smethwick fire

Ron Sutton took this photo of the smoke plume from Perry Barr.

Smethwick fire

West Midlands Fire Service told BBC WM it expected to be at the scene for several days.


BBC News's Liz Cave says smoke from the Smethwick fire can be seen more than 50 miles away, in places including Coventry and Northamptonshire - and also from Birmingham city centre.

Smoke over Birmingham