A fire broke out at an industrial site, with plumes of smoke visible for miles across Birmingham.
More than 100 firefighters tackle the “serious” fire at a plastic factory in the industrial area of Tyseley.
Fire crews said they expected to deal with the blaze late into the night.
Smoke can be seen in the city center as well as at Birmingham Airport and at Hall Green and Solihull. People are advised to close windows and doors.
The West Midlands Fire Department initially said 10 fire engines and specialized devices were at the blaze that broke out early Monday evening, but more crews were called to the scene as the fire intensified.
Dympna Wilson, who lives near the factory, said she “had certainly heard a few explosions.”
“We came here to watch and all we could see was smoke. It was coming out of the eaves, then the flames started and you could hear an explosion.
“You worry if this might find its way through the other buildings and affect us all here on the road.
“Some neighbors have lost their electricity. God forbid, I hope no one will be hurt, ”she said.
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Tour operators reported heavy congestion on the surrounding roads, Warwick Road and Stratford Road to Sparkhill and Tyseley “severely affected”.
Resident Tariq Zaman said the building “went up so fast”.
“I saw the beginning of it. It looked like smoke was coming out of the unit. After the flames, the situation worsened, and then the building collapsed.
“At first I was just worried about the smoke and debris, but I hope it was brought under control as there are a lot of fire trucks,” he added.
Bus passengers have been warned to expect delays for all services in the area.
One woman tweeted: “You can see this from Moseley. I hope your crews are doing well, it looks awful ”.
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