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Public alerted over scrap metal fire

Fire crews have been tackling a large fire at a metal recycling site in Birmingham.

The West Midlands Fire Service investigated a site run by Hawkeswood Metal Recycling in Nechells, central Birmingham, after receiving a “large amount” of 999 calls on 6 February.

A number of crews used equipment including a hydraulic platform, high-volume pumps and excavation diggers to damp down the blaze.

Residents were still being advised to stay in doors and keep their windows shut on the following day due to smoke from the incident.

Firefighters reported making “excellent progress” in removing material and extinguishing the fire.

The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation over concerns water used to put out the blaze might leak into the local river.

Hawkeswood Metal Recycling, which has traded for around 40 years, operates three sites. 



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