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Smethwick blaze shows risk of fire cuts

Issue No. 2360

A fire engulfing over 50,000 tonnes of recycling material sent a plume of smoke 6,000 feet into the air on Monday of this week.

Some 200 firefighters tackled the massive blaze in Smethwick, near Birmingham.

Two fire engines have been cut in the West Midlands as part of a £20 million cuts plan.

Last week the Tories cut another 7.5 percent from fire budgets in the spending review. 

The Fire Brigades Union has called a march against fire station closures for Thursday 18 July. Assemble 11.30am at Monument, Fish Street Hill, London EC3R 6DB

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Tue 2 Jul 2013, 17:43 BST
Issue No. 2360
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