Scrap yard fire, William Henry Street, Aston

Multiple crews are dealing with a fire in a scrapyard on William Henry Street, Aston in Birmingham.



Published on 17 February 2024
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William Henry Street, Nechells, Birmingham, UK

At 9.28pm on Saturday 17 February, crews were called to reports of a fire near Cheston Road in Aston.

The incident involves a fire in a scrap yard.

Currently, 12 fire crews are in attendance at this incident, with nearly 50 firefighters in total. Other supporting vehicles and equipment such as a hydraulic aerial platform, high-volume pumping unit and command support vehicle are also at the scene.

There are not believed to be any casualties involved.

Police and other agencies are in attendance and supporting us.

Please avoid the area where possible, and those living nearby are asked to keep windows and doors closed.

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Our crews are making progress at this incident, with 8 main jets in use and our hydraulic aerial platform being brought into operation.

Due to the nature of the incident, fire and smoke may be seen at some distance, but our crews are at the scene and are working hard to bring the incident under control and prevent it from spreading further.

We’d like to remind local residents and those in the area to keep windows and doors closed as a precaution at this time.


Crews are making good progress at this incident, believed to involve around 150 tonnes of assorted scrap metal.

Our hydraulic platform is in active use and assisting firefighting operations.

The incident will likely be scaled down shortly, however, crews will be expected to be in attendance at this incident overnight.


Our crews have made excellent progress on this incident overnight and our resources on scene have been reduced down to a single crew. They continued to damp down and monitor the scene.

During the night, on site staff assisted fire crews with moving scrap metal to gain access to deep-seated areas of fire.

Several road closures that were in place have been lifted. At this time, the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

It’s expected a crew will remain at the scene for some time today to continue to monitor and damp down any hot spots.

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