Scrap Yard Fire, Bordesley Green Road, Birmingham

Eight fire crews are tackling a severe fire involving approximately 300 tonnes of scrap metal



Published on 5 November 2022
This incident is closed

Bordesley Green Rd, Birmingham B8 1BY, UK

At 04:43 on Saturday 5 November, crews were called to reports of a fire at a scrap yard off Bordesley Green Road, Birmingham.

The incident is a severe fire involving approximately 300 tonnes of scrap metal.

Crews are working to extinguish the fire and prevent fire spreading to nearby fences.

Five main jets are in use, with one of our hydraulic platforms also in attendance. Heavy plant machinery is also in use, with on-site staff assisting our firefighters.

West Midlands Police were in attendance and a closure is in place on Landor Street.

Good progress is being made. Residents and local businesses in the local area are being asked to keep their doors and windows closed.

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Good progress is being made at this incident.

Live drone footage is being utilised to support firefighting operations.

Our high-volume pumping unit is also in use to support water supply for the incident, taking water from the nearby Grand Union canal. Canal and River Trust are supporting us to ensure adequate water supply.


Crews continue to make good progress damping down.

Two hydraulic platforms are now in use to support firefighting operations.

Crews are expected to be at the incident for some time.

Residents, local businesses and those driving through the area are still asked to keep doors and windows closed as there is still a large amount of smoke issuing from the site.


The incident has planned to be reduced to 6 crews and two hydraulic platforms by around 18:00.

Crews continue to work to damp down and extinguish hot spots. It’s expected they’ll be in attendance for some time still.

Lighting is in use throughout the site to maintain site safety for our firefighters and site staff.


Our crews are continuing to work damping down and extinguishing hot spots.

We expect to have crews either in attendance or revisiting the site throughout the night.

Smoke from the incident has reduced significantly, but local residents in the immediate area should still keep doors and windows closed.

A further update will be issued in the morning.


The incident has been reduced to 2 crews and a hydraulic platform.

Crews have made great progress extinguishing hot spots.

On-site staff, using heavy plant machinery, have assisted crews by turning over and re-distributing materials to allow our crews to damp down.

Crews are still expected to be on-site for much of the day


Crews have damped down all hot spots. No further hot spots have been identified after crews used a thermal image camera to check the site.

The owners and on-site staff have been given safety briefings and advised to monitor for any signs of smoke, steam or fire.

Crews will revisit the scene at regular intervals for the next 24 hours to damp down any remaining hot spots if they are identified.

A cause has yet to be specified but this will be updated when one is confirmed.

This incident will now be closed.

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