Tipton scrap yard fire: Eight photos show firefighters tackling massive blaze

Local businesses and a nearby school in Tipton have closed as a precaution because of the smoke from the scrap yard fire in George Henry Road

Roads, businesses and a school were shut after a massive scrap yard fire in Tipton this morning (Wednesday, October 11).

Fire crews have been battling the huge blaze near George Henry Road since about 6.18am today. Initially, 42 fire fighters and eight fire engines responded to the fire involving approximately 1000 tonnes of scrap metal.

Local businesses and a nearby school - Harvills Hawthorn Primary School - have closed as a precaution because of the smoke.

West Midlands Fire Service said in an update at 11.30am: “Firefighters continue to use two hydraulic aerial platforms and jets at the scene. Eight fire engines are currently in attendance. On-site equipment is being used by staff, working with our crews, to move material and to prevent fire spread.

“Water from a nearby canal is being used for firefighting. One of our drones has been flying throughout the morning to assist decision making on the ground.

“Harvills Hawthorn Primary School has closed as a precaution because of the smoke. We continue to ask members of the public to keep windows and doors shut if you live or work in the area affected by the smoke plume.”

Traffic is building in the area including the Black Country New Road from Moxley to West Bromwich, and the following roads are closed:

  • A461 Great Western Way eastbound New Road to Black Country New Road
  • A41 Black Country New Road both ways between Navigation Roundabout and Parkway Roundabout
  • George Henry Road

Here are eight photos of the brave fire crews tackling the Tipton scrap yard blaze:

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