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Massive car fire at recycling plant causes delays on M6 after sending thick black smoke into the air

Massive 100-car fire at recycling plant causing delays on M6 after sending thick black smoke into the air

  • More than 50 firefighters were sent to tackle the blaze at Darlaston today
  • Huge plumes of smoke billowed over the M6 causing traffic chaos at Junction 10
  • The fire involved a large number of scrap vehicles and caused delays


A massive blaze has broken out at a recycling centre after hundreds of scrapped cars caught fire causing traffic chaos on a nearby motorway.

More than 50 firefighters were sent to tackle the flames as smoke billowed into the air towards the M6.  

Ten crews of firefighters were called to the scene on Tramway Close, in Darlaston, Walsall, West Midlands, following a number of 999 calls at 11.30am today.

A massive blaze has broken out at a recycling centre after hundreds of scrapped cars caught fire causing traffic chaos on a nearby motorway

The fire involved a large number of scrap vehicles and caused delays near junction 10 – one of Britain’s busiest stretches of motorway.

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.

The fire involves a large number of scrap vehicles and caused delays near junction 10 - one of Britain's busiest stretches of motorway

The fire involves a large number of scrap vehicles and caused delays near junction 10 – one of Britain’s busiest stretches of motorway

‘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. 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.’

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