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Sutton Coldfield farm fire could be seen for miles

Fire scene Image copyright WMFS Erdington
Image caption Flames engulf the farm site with 50 firefighters called to the scene

A huge fire has completely destroyed a farm building near Birmingham.

Plumes of thick black smoke from Holly Lane, Wishaw, near Sutton Coldfield, could be seen from Birmingham's city centre, about 13 miles away.

At its height, 50 firefighters from West Midlands Fire Service "surrounded" the fire which broke out during the afternoon.

The operation was scaled back after two hours, with remaining fire crews damping down the area.

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Image caption Firefighters took two hours to bring the blaze under control

Six fire engines had initially been sent to the scene, but four other crews were dispatched over fears the flames could spread.

Crews were alerted to the outbuilding, situated near The Belfry, fire following at least 15 phone calls by members of the public.

Image copyright WMFS Erdington
Image caption Fire crews surrounded the flames and stopped them spreading to other farm buildings

A fire brigade spokesman said: "The fire in Holly Lane, Sutton Coldfield is now surrounded.

"We will soon be reducing the number of fire engines and firefighters at the scene, although around 30 firefighters will continue to tackle the blaze."

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Image caption Black smoke from the farm site blaze could be seen from miles around

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