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Fire hits Birmingham transfer station

A fire ravaged through a waste transfer station in Birmingham on Sunday night calling out 15 fire engines and 74 fire fighters from the area. Fire services received a call at 6.15pm on July 15 telling them a fire had taken hold at the Crawford Street, Saltley, address of waste and recycling services provider Go Waste UK. Tonnes of the waste that had been collected for sorting were ablaze with material burning at the centre of the material making it difficult for fire fighters to put it out. A storage facility of around 30 by 40 metres also caught fire. West Midlands Fire Service spokesman Mike Fox said: It was classed as a severe fire and it was quite significant in terms of the number of fire engines as 15 is quite a big commitment to make. Most of the fire stations only have two engines so they will have been brought in from the surrounding regions. Go Waste UK collects light waste material such as plastics and wood from businesses and households to be sorted into material that can be recycled and those going to landfill. On Tuesday afternoon fire crews were still present dampening down the scene.

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