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Fire breaks out at vehicle recycling centre in Darlaston, West Midlands

Hundreds of scrapped cars caught fire at a vehicle recycling centre causing traffic chaos to nearby M6 motorway.


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According to the Daily Mail, a fire broke out at a recycling centre after hundreds of scrapped cars caught fire causing traffic chaos to the nearby M6 motorway.

Ten crews of firefighters, equating to more than 50 firefighters were sent to tackle the flames on Tramway Close, in Darlaston, Walsall, West Midlands, following a number of 999 calls at 11:30 am today (Saturday 16th October).

The fire involved a large number of scrap vehicles and caused delays as smoke bellowed near junction 10 of the M6.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Fire Service said: 

“We responded to a number of calls to a fire at a vehicle recycling centre in Tramway Close, Darlaston.

We currently have 10 fire appliances in attendance, one hydraulic platform, a drone and high volume pumping unit and a number of specialist officers.

Local residents are asked to keep windows close due to heavy smoke logging and avoid the area.

We are working with the site owners, police and ambulance are also in attendance.

We are making good progress in extinguishing the fire and protecting surrounding businesses. The cause is not known at this time.”


The West Midlands Road team tweeted: 

“M6 traffic slow both ways around J10 Walsall due to large plumes of smoke visible from a recycling centre fire on Heath Road in Darlaston.”

Editor’s comment:

“Our thoughts go out to the company involved. ATF Professional will keep its readers up to date as further news develops.”


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