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'Arsonists' torch fifty cars in Smethwick scrapyard fire

Smethwick Scrapyard Fire
Image caption Fifty cars were on fire at the Smethwick scrapyard blaze, fire crews said.

Arsonists caused a fifty car fire overnight at a West Midlands scrapyard, police believe.

Four crews from West Midlands Fire Service pumped water from a nearby canal to help fight the fire at Spon Lane Salvage, in Smethwick.

Smoke slowed traffic along the M5 delaying traffic at junctions 1 and 2, a fire service spokesman said.

Crews were called to the fire at about 08:30 GMT. Nobody was injured in the fire, the spokesman said.

Smethwick Fire Station crew commander Tony Calder said fire crews tackled the blaze "through the night" before extinguishing it completely by midnight.

Mr Calder said the cause of the fire was being investigated.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "We believe the fire was started deliberately."

They have appealed for witnesses.

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