Scrap yard fire, Tipton

Firefighters tackling blaze at scrap metal yard in the Black Country.



Published on 11 October 2023
This incident is closed
Crews attended in under 3 minutes

George Henry Road, West Bromwich, Tipton, UK

Shortly after 6.15am on Wednesday (11 October), we responded to an incident on George Henry Road, Tipton.

Eight fire engines, one 4×4 brigade response vehicle, two hydraulic platforms and a a high-volume water pumping unit are at the scene. The first vehicle arrived within three minutes of being mobilised.

This is a fire involving approximately 1000 tonnes of scrap metal.

Crews have been supported by a drone, which has been in use to identify fire breakouts across the site.

The Black Country Route (A41) is currently closed one way whilst we work at the scene. George Henry Road is also closed and diversions are in place. Significant traffic is building up near the KFC by Great Bridge Retail Park.

West Midlands Police are supporting the closures which will remain in place for some time.

We will continue issuing updates as we work to bring the incident to a safe conclusion.

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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.


Our crews are making steady progress at the scene.

The smoke is now moving south-westerly, towards places including Harvills Hawthorn and Hill Top. Please keep doors and windows closed if you’re affected.


On-site equipment is still being used by staff who are working with our crews to move material and to prevent further fire spread.

Drone operations continue as crews work to fully extinguish this fire.

The smoke plume continues to affect nearby properties and businesses, so please continue to keep windows and doors shut.

Traffic is still heavy in the area and road closures remain in place.


We’re continuing to commit resources to tackle the fire.

Six fire engines, two hydraulic aerial platforms and one of our high volume water pumping units are currently in attendance.

We’re working closely with the on-site business owner as firefighting operations continue.

It’s expected that crews will remain in attendance throughout the night.



Fire crews remained at the scene throughout the night.

Four fire engines and two aerial platforms are still there, and our drone has been in use.

Our crews are being assisted by on-site staff, who are breaking up and moving piles of metal.

One lane on Black Country Route (A41) has re-opened but speed measures are in place. Great Western Way and George Henry Road remain closed.

Windows and doors can be re-opened.


Crews have made good progress throughout the day to reduce the size of the fire.

Five fire engines remain at the site as we continue our work alongside site staff to damp down and extinguish further hotspots.


Our resources at the scene will shortly be reduced to three fire engines/crews.

They are expected to be there until at least late this evening (Thurs 12 Oct).


Great Western Way, George Henry Road, and the Black Country Route have now fully reopened. We’d like to thank everyone for their patience whilst we worked at this incident.

Crews revisited the scene regularly throughout the night to damp down hotspots. These revisits will continue throughout today.

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