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09.07.13 - House Fire – Kensington, London
Ten fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers were called to a fire at a house under refurbishment on Campden Grove, in Kensington W8.
At the height of the incident the whole of the three storey building was on fire and the building was left gutted by the blaze. Part of the roof of two neighbouring properties were also damaged. London Fire Brigade Station Manager Rhodri Horton, who was at the scene said: “When crews arrived they were faced with a rapidly developing fire affecting the whole of a three storey house under refurbishment. Firefighters worked really hard to bring the fire under control and to prevent it from spreading to neighbouring properties.
Fire crews from North Kensington, Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith, Paddington, Chiswick and Knightsbridge fire stations attended the incident. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage and crews are likely to remain at the scene for some time damping down any remaining hot-spots and carrying out salvage work.
01.07.13 - Large Fire at Smethwick Recycling Plant – Largest Blaze in the West Midlands
Firefighters are tackling a blaze involving 100,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material and a factory unit say it is the largest fire seen in the West Midlands.
The fire started at 11.30pm on Sunday night and residents woke this morning to a cloud of this black smoke as the fire at the Jayplas Recycling plant, Dartmouth Road, continued to burn.
Road have been closed around the incident on Dartmouth Road, Brasshouse Lane and Halfords Lane and drivers were also warned to avoid junction 1 of the M5 due to expected congestion.
No homes were evacuated in the blaze, however residents in Chelmsley Wood have been warned the plume of smoke was falling in their area. They were warned to stay out of the smoke and to keep doors and windows closed.
Birmingham International Airport has been alerted because a plume of smoke is rising 6,000ft into the air although there is currently no impact on flights.