Huge fire breaks out at recycling centre as residents told keep windows shut

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A huge recycling centre fire has seen huge plumes of smoke billow in the air, causing M6 delays.

The massive blaze ripped through the centre at Darlaston, West Midlands, causing tailbacks on the nearby motorway.

Eight crews of firefighters went to the scene of a huge blaze in Tramway Close after receiving a flurry of 999 calls at 11.30am on Saturday, October 16.

The fire involves a large number of scrap vehicles.

Large plumes of smoke from the blaze has caused delays near junction 10 of the M6.

Dramatic drone footage shows the smoke billowing up into the air.

The West Midlands Fire Service team tweeted: "We have approx 50 firefighters and specialist resources at an incident in Tramway Close, Darlaston involving over 100 cars that were in the process of been recycled.

"Local residents should avoid the area and keep their windows closed due to heavy smoke logging in the area."

People have been advised to avoid the area.

The West Midlands Road team added: "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."

The cause of the fire is still not known. A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman issued an update, saying: "We responded to a number of calls to a fire at a vehicle recycling centre in Tramway Close, Daralston.

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"We currently have 10 fire appliances in attendance, 1 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 attendances

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

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