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Premier Waste fire: Crews remain at Perry Barr site

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Image caption West Midlands Fire Service tweeted pictures of the aftermath of the fire that broke out at Premier Waste on Monday
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Image caption This picture shows where the roof burnt through in sections where piles of shredded plastic had been on fire

Fire crews remain at a waste recycling plant following a blaze involving 500 tonnes of paper.

At its height, 75 firefighters tackled the flames which broke out at Premier Waste on Walsall Road, Perry Barr early on Monday.

West Midlands Fire Service said the main part of the fire was out, but firefighters were still on site on Tuesday checking for "hotspots".

The cause of the fire is not yet known, a spokesperson said.

Premier Waste was open for business on Monday but with "limited resources".

It is not clear how much damage was done by the fire.

Perry Barr fire station tweeted: "We are assisting on site staff in digging out the waste and damping it down."

Crews also dealt with a second blaze at another recycling firm in Wolverhampton on Monday, which saw up to 60 firefighters called to Lower Walsall Street.

Monday's fires were two of nearly 20 to hit recycling plants in the West Midlands area this year.

The fire service described the Perry Barr fire as about "half the size" of a blaze caused by a Chinese lantern at a recycling factory in Smethwick in June.

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