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Birmingham fire: Winson Green factory blaze sends smoke across city

The fire seen across the city Image copyright @ChloeJean_CJ
Image caption Smoke from the blaze could be seen across Birmingham

Smoke could be seen across Birmingham's skyline after a large fire broke out at a derelict factory in the city.

More than 70 firefighters tackled the blaze in Winson Green, where recycling material was understood to be alight.

The fire, which broke out shortly before 12:40 BST, is under control but West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) crews will be at the scene overnight.

No injuries have been reported but nearby residents were advised to keep windows and doors closed.

Image caption The blaze broke out at about 12:40 BST
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Image caption Residents were advised to keep doors and windows closed

Part of Dudley Road - a key route into the city centre and City Hospital - was closed and the fire service advised motorists to avoid the area.

Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust said there was heavy traffic in the area, but the hospital was unaffected and all staff and patients were safe.

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Image caption Disruption caused by the fire is causing delays along Dudley Road near Birmingham's City Hospital
Image caption No-one is reported to have been hurt in the fire

Emergency services said they received more than 80 calls about the fire - the cause of which is yet to be established.

Image caption Firefighters have the blaze under control but will remain at the scene

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