The fire broke out yesterday at Smurfit Kappa in Birmingham, causing 1000s of tonnes of cardboard and paper to go up in flames. West Midlands Fire Service has declared a “major incident”, as more than 20 pumps and 110 firefighters were called to the scene. No injuries have been reported.
The A47 Heartlands Parkway was closed in both directions as a result of the incident, and remained closed out of the city centre today.
Some residents living in the surrounding area woke up to their cars covered in ash.
A statement from the fire service said: “At 7.40pm on Sunday, June 12, we were called to an incident on Mount Street, Nechells, Birmingham.
“This incident involves a large amount of paper and cardboard bales on fire at a warehouse.
“At the height of the incident, we had more than 30 fire appliances in attendance – including two aerial hydraulic platforms, multiple fire engines, a high volume water pumping unit, and one of our drones.
“Crews from stations across the West Midlands are working extremely hard to tackle the blaze using main jets.
“We are working closely with Police and Ambulance colleagues, the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water, and on-site staff, to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.
“There are no reports of any casualties.”