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Smethwick waste fire being tackled

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Crews are tackling a waste fire at a derelict warehouse in the West Midlands.

One of West Midlands Fire Service’s crews came across the blaze at 10 Cornwall Road, Smethwick, at 7.20pm last night.

The premises involved included a recycling site, the service’s spokesperson said, and “large quantities of rubbish” were on fire.

The service initially sent 11 fire engines to the scene, numbering more than 60 fire fighters. Crews were instructed to wear masks due to suspected asbestos at the site.

Fire investigators are trying to determine a cause. The Environment Agency is at the site as well, looking at potential pollutants from the fire.

A disused laboratory is near the blaze so there are fears this could have been affected. If so, specialist removal would be needed.

Police have reduced the nearby traffic limit to 20mph to ease congestion.

Some neighbouring properties have lost power, so the electric board is also in attendance.

There are now nine engines at the scene after an order to wind down operations, a stop message, was issued at about 5am this morning.

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