Nechells fire: Huge blaze at recycling plant with thousands of tons of cardboard alight

An enormous blaze has erupted at a recycling plant with thousands of tonnes of cardboard and paper on fire as locals are told to keep their windows shut.

Twenty water pumps are battling the massive blaze at Nechells, Birmingham, which has left a plume of smoke in the air.

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Locals have been told to avoid the area and keep their windows and doors shut.

Crews are said to be working “extremely hard” to keep the fire under control, and a video taken from the area shows the scale of their challenge.

The huge fire has taken place at the local Smurfit Kappa packaging plant and seen 1000s of tonnes of cardboard and paper go up in smoke.

The blaze has ripped through thousands of tonnes of paper and cardboard
In an earlier statement, West Midlands Fire Service said 15 pumps were in attendance before upping it.

The video shows the orange burning glow from the flames as smoke billows into the air.

Over it, a voice can be heard talking about the location of the “full on fire” that looks “pretty nasty”.

When they zoom in, it can be seen clearly how wide the blaze truly is.

The terrifying pictures from the scene show the damage and destruction with massive stacks of paper and carboard burning in front of the firefighters.

Twenty water pumps are out battling the blaze

The scenes from the fire eerily match images from a fire at what another recycling plant also in Nechells, Birmingham, back in 2016.

Then, similarly dramatic images showed firefighters tackling a huge blaze at the Hawkswood Recycling plant where crews were eventually forced to use mechanical diggers to excavate the blaze.

At shortly before quarter to ten this evening, West Midlands Fire Service tweeted out their first update, saying: “15 pumps in attendance at large recycling plant Nechells, Heartlands Parkway is closed, avoid area keep windows and doors shut.”

This was followed shortly after at 9:49pm by an update, which read: “Make pumps 20 at Smurfit Kappa 1000’s of tons of cardboard and paper on fire, crews are working extremely hard.”

It is so far not known whether anyone was hurt during the ongoing incident, and there were reports of ash falling from the sky onto roads in the surrounding area.

Local roads have been shut due to the incident and traffic information service Inrix said: “A47 Heartlands Parkway in both directions closed due to building fire at a recycling plant from Aston Church Road to B4114 Saltley Viaduct. To the north east of the city centre, between Duddeston and the Washwood Heath area.”

Locals have been told to avoid the area and keep their windows and doors shut.

Crews are said to be working “extremely hard” to keep the fire under control, and a video taken from the area shows the scale of their challenge.

The huge fire has taken place at the local Smurfit Kappa packaging plant and seen 1000s of tonnes of cardboard and paper go up in smoke.

The blaze has ripped through thousands of tonnes of paper and cardboard
In an earlier statement, West Midlands Fire Service said 15 pumps were in attendance before upping it.

The video shows the orange burning glow from the flames as smoke billows into the air.

Over it, a voice can be heard talking about the location of the “full on fire” that looks “pretty nasty”.

When they zoom in, it can be seen clearly how wide the blaze truly is.

The terrifying pictures from the scene show the damage and destruction with massive stacks of paper and carboard burning in front of the firefighters.

Twenty water pumps are out battling the blaze

The scenes from the fire eerily match images from a fire at what another recycling plant also in Nechells, Birmingham, back in 2016.

Then, similarly dramatic images showed firefighters tackling a huge blaze at the Hawkswood Recycling plant where crews were eventually forced to use mechanical diggers to excavate the blaze.

At shortly before quarter to ten this evening, West Midlands Fire Service tweeted out their first update, saying: “15 pumps in attendance at large recycling plant Nechells, Heartlands Parkway is closed, avoid area keep windows and doors shut.”

This was followed shortly after at 9:49pm by an update, which read: “Make pumps 20 at Smurfit Kappa 1000’s of tons of cardboard and paper on fire, crews are working extremely hard.”

It is so far not known whether anyone was hurt during the ongoing incident, and there were reports of ash falling from the sky onto roads in the surrounding area.

An enormous blaze has erupted at a recycling plant with thousands of tonnes of cardboard and paper on fire as locals are told to keep their windows shut.

Twenty water pumps are battling the massive blaze at Nechells, Birmingham, which has left a plume of smoke in the air.

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Locals have been told to avoid the area and keep their windows and doors shut.

Crews are said to be working “extremely hard” to keep the fire under control, and a video taken from the area shows the scale of their challenge.

The huge fire has taken place at the local Smurfit Kappa packaging plant and seen 1000s of tonnes of cardboard and paper go up in smoke.

The blaze has ripped through thousands of tonnes of paper and cardboard
In an earlier statement, West Midlands Fire Service said 15 pumps were in attendance before upping it.

The video shows the orange burning glow from the flames as smoke billows into the air.

Over it, a voice can be heard talking about the location of the “full on fire” that looks “pretty nasty”.

When they zoom in, it can be seen clearly how wide the blaze truly is.

The terrifying pictures from the scene show the damage and destruction with massive stacks of paper and carboard burning in front of the firefighters.

Twenty water pumps are out battling the blaze

The scenes from the fire eerily match images from a fire at what another recycling plant also in Nechells, Birmingham, back in 2016.

Then, similarly dramatic images showed firefighters tackling a huge blaze at the Hawkswood Recycling plant where crews were eventually forced to use mechanical diggers to excavate the blaze.

At shortly before quarter to ten this evening, West Midlands Fire Service tweeted out their first update, saying: “15 pumps in attendance at large recycling plant Nechells, Heartlands Parkway is closed, avoid area keep windows and doors shut.”

This was followed shortly after at 9:49pm by an update, which read: “Make pumps 20 at Smurfit Kappa 1000’s of tons of cardboard and paper on fire, crews are working extremely hard.”

It is so far not known whether anyone was hurt during the ongoing incident, and there were reports of ash falling from the sky onto roads in the surrounding area.

Local roads have been shut due to the incident and traffic information service Inrix said: “A47 Heartlands Parkway in both directions closed due to building fire at a recycling plant from Aston Church Road to B4114 Saltley Viaduct. To the north east of the city centre, between Duddeston and the Washwood Heath area.”

Locals have been told to avoid the area and keep their windows and doors shut.

Crews are said to be working “extremely hard” to keep the fire under control, and a video taken from the area shows the scale of their challenge.

The huge fire has taken place at the local Smurfit Kappa packaging plant and seen 1000s of tonnes of cardboard and paper go up in smoke.

The blaze has ripped through thousands of tonnes of paper and cardboard
In an earlier statement, West Midlands Fire Service said 15 pumps were in attendance before upping it.

The video shows the orange burning glow from the flames as smoke billows into the air.

Over it, a voice can be heard talking about the location of the “full on fire” that looks “pretty nasty”.

When they zoom in, it can be seen clearly how wide the blaze truly is.

The terrifying pictures from the scene show the damage and destruction with massive stacks of paper and carboard burning in front of the firefighters.

Twenty water pumps are out battling the blaze

The scenes from the fire eerily match images from a fire at what another recycling plant also in Nechells, Birmingham, back in 2016.

Then, similarly dramatic images showed firefighters tackling a huge blaze at the Hawkswood Recycling plant where crews were eventually forced to use mechanical diggers to excavate the blaze.

At shortly before quarter to ten this evening, West Midlands Fire Service tweeted out their first update, saying: “15 pumps in attendance at large recycling plant Nechells, Heartlands Parkway is closed, avoid area keep windows and doors shut.”

This was followed shortly after at 9:49pm by an update, which read: “Make pumps 20 at Smurfit Kappa 1000’s of tons of cardboard and paper on fire, crews are working extremely hard.”

It is so far not known whether anyone was hurt during the ongoing incident, and there were reports of ash falling from the sky onto roads in the surrounding area.

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