Birmingham Saltley fire: Blaze at scrap metal plant sends smoke billowing over Birmingham as 100 firefighters battle inferno

More than 100 firefighters are battling a blaze at an industrial unit in Birmingham.

Crews were alerted to a fire at industrial premises in Adderley Park this afternoon, close to the main railway line heading out of New Street station.

17 fire engines and over 100 firefighters are currently fighting the blaze, West Midlands Fire Service confirmed.

A hydraulic platform was sent to the scene of the fire and thick black smoke was seen from several miles away.

A spokesman from West Midlands Fire Service said: “We received a 999 call at about 2.08pm and sent six fire crews and an aerial platform to the site of an industrial unit.

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“Smoke is affecting the railway line so we have informed Network Rail.”

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Crews battling the fire at industrial premises at Adderley Park
Nearby residents and workers have been advised to keep doors and windows closed because of the smoke, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Huge fire near Adderley Park station – updates from the scene as 60 firefighters tackle blaze West Midlands Fire Service
Eight fire engines and more than 60 firefighters tackling the blaze in an attempt to get it under control
The incident has closed nearby roads including Landor Street and Clarel Avenue.

Huge fire near Adderley Park station – updates from the scene as 60 firefighters tackle blaze Birmingham Mail
Firefighters outside the entrance of the scrapyard as the blaze rages
The fire is taking place in EMR Recycling Plant, and more than 20 999 calls have since been made to the fire service.

EMR deals in scrap metal and also offers to dispose of cars in an environmentally-friendly way.

Huge fire near Adderley Park station – updates from the scene as 60 firefighters tackle blaze Birmingham Mail
A huge plume of smoke over Birmingham from today’s fire
The cause of today’s fire is not yet known, but fire investigators are at the scene.

Today’s fire is not the first major blaze to take hold at the EMR recycling centre.

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