Stoke & Staffordshire

Tamworth plastics factory fire tackled by 30 firefighters

Plastics factory fire
Image caption Firefighters said there were no reports of any injuries
Plastics factory fire
Image caption Witnesses reported seeing plumes of smoke from up to 10 miles away

A fire broke out at a plastics factory in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Flames were seen coming from the Lichfield Road Industrial Estate at about 16:20 GMT on Thursday. At its height, about 30 firefighters tackled the blaze.

Staffordshire fire service said one engine remained at the scene on Friday.

London Midland said some of its services to Tamworth station were cancelled or delayed because the fire was "close" to the railway track.

Buses were brought in to operate between Tamworth and Nuneaton, as well as between Rugeley Trent Valley and Stafford.

The fire also led to long delays around Birmingham New Street, as trains were diverted there to avoid the fire.

Witnesses reported seeing large plumes of black smoke from up to 10 miles away.

Les Armstrong from Armstrong's Blacksmiths, which is based on the industrial estate, said no other businesses seemed to be in any danger.

"The flames are as high as the factory roof and the smoke is thick and black but it seems like the fire is being contained," he said.

Police were also at the scene and advised people in the area to keep doors and windows closed.

All train services were running as normal by 21:30 GMT on Thursday.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said no casualties had been reported.

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