About 60 firefighters battle scrapyard fire involving 150 tonnes of metal

Approximately 60 firefighters battled to contain a fire at a scrap yard that burned through the night.

The fire at a scrapyard. Photo: West Midlands Fire Service
The fire at a scrapyard. Photo: West Midlands Fire Service

West Midlands Fire Service was called to a scrapyard in Aston, Birmingham, at 11pm on Friday. A fire involving about 150 tonnes of scrap metal was reported.

Crews from Aston and Ward End were initially sent to the scrapyard at Cheston Road, but after additional information was received more crews were dispatched.

The service said that at its peak about 60 firefighters were in attendance, supported by a hydraulic aerial platform and drone cameras.

No casualties have been reported.

The service said in a statement: "Due to the smell of smoke in and around the area, we recommend keeping doors and windows closed as a precaution."

An update at 9.21am said: "Crews made good progress through the night. The incident was scaled down in the early hours, with the bulk of our resources being released between 3am and 4am.

"Revisits have been conducted since, and will be during the day today, to check for hot spots and damp down.

"The cause is thought to be accidental."

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