Stoke & Staffordshire

Blaze rips through Staffordshire metal recycling plant

About 40 firefighters have spent the day tackling a fire at a metal recycling plant.

The blaze at the JBMI site just outside Hixon near Stafford started at 09:41 BST.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was unclear how the fire started but it had been confined to a scrap store.

The Environment Agency said it was checking that nearby watercourses had not been contaminated.

Foam and sand was used to bring the fire, involving ten tonnes of waste, under control.

Firefighters are expected to remain at the site overnight.

About thirty staff had to leave the JBMI plant, along with workers at a nearby office. No-one from JBMI has been available for comment.

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