Scrap yard fire, Cheston Road, Aston

Ten fire crews, a hydraulic platform and high volume pumping unit have been mobilised to a fire in a scrap yard on Cheston Road, Aston



Published on 3 June 2023
This incident is closed
Crews attended in under 5 minutes

Cheston Rd, Nechells, Birmingham B7 5EW, UK

At 11.00pm on Friday 2 June, we were called to reports of a fire in a scrap yard on Cheston Road, Aston, in Birmingham.

Initially, crews from Aston and Ward End were mobilised. However, due the to number of calls and information from callers, our Fire Control team mobilised additional fire crews to the incident.

Currently, a total of ten fire crews are in attendance, supported by a hydraulic aerial platform and our high-volume pumping unit.

The incident involves a large quantity of scrap metal alight within scrap yard compound. Our crews are working to contain the blaze.

Currently, no casualties are reported.

Due to the smell of smoke in and around the area, we recommend keeping doors and windows closed as a precaution.

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Crews remain at the scene, working to prevent the fire from spreading and extinguish it.

The fire involves around 150 tonnes of scrap metal.

A member of our specialist drone team has also attended the incident to deploy one of our fire service drones to give our crews an aerial perspective, further assisting their efforts and planning.

Colleagues from the police and ambulance service had initially attended the incident but have since left the scene.



Our crews continue to make good progress at this incident.

A total of 8 jets are in use, alongside our hydraulic platform, to damp down the scrap metal piles affected by fire.

One of our fire service drones is on site and providing imagery to our officers at the scene.

On site diggers are assisting our teams by moving scrap metal to aid access to deep seated pockets of fire.


See our drone footage from the scene in our post below.

Crews are expected to be at the scene for some time, however, the fire is contained. A further update will be issued during daylight hours.


Crews made good progress through the night. The incident was scaled down in the early hours, with the bulk of our resources being released between 3am and 4am.

Revisits have been conducted since, and will be during the day today, to check for hot spots and damp down.

The cause is thought to be accidental.

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