14 August 2020 by James Langley

Birmingham plastics factory fire extinguished

The West Midlands Fire Service has confirmed that a fire which engulfed a plastics recycling factory at the Tyseley Industrial Estate in Birmingham has been extinguished.

The blaze broke out on the afternoon of 10 August at a factory operated by Webb Plastic Recycling, which previously traded under the name Webb G W (Plastics) Ltd (see letsrecycle.com story).

The height of the fire at the Tyseley Industrial Estate (Picture: West Midlands Fire Service)

It is claimed that at its height the blaze could be seen from as far afield as Birmingham Airport, around 10 miles away.

On Wednesday, 12 August,West Midlands Fire Service said in a statement on Twitter: “The last of our Tyseley Fire crews left the scene at lunchtime today – nearly 48 hours after it started.

“We’re still making revisits, to check for and deal with any hot spots. Our investigations into the cause continue.”

Local Labour Party MPs Liam Byrne and Jess Phillips visited the scene on 11 August. They praised the actions of the fire service for “saving lives and jobs” in the area and called for it to receive the investment it needed to do its job.

Letsrecycle.com contacted Webb Plastic Recycling for comment.

Fire

West Midlands Fire Service says it started to receive multiple 999 calls to a severe fire on the Tyseley Industrial Estate, Birmingham, at 4.47pm on 10 August.

On Monday evening, 100 firefighters and 20 fire engines attended the scene, together with hydraulic aerial platforms and a specialist high-volume water pumping unit.

Crews had to work extremely hard in challenging conditions. Some firefighters had to be withdrawn from certain areas of the incident for safety and to minimise the risk of heat exhaustion.

Plastics

Webb Plastic Recycling is a family recycling business established in Birmingham in 1961. It describes itself on its website as industry specialists and one of the largest purchasers of scrap plastic in the UK. Webb Plastic Recycling says it caters for all organisations, from SMEs to blue chip companies.

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