A fire engulfing over 50,000 tonnes of recyling material has sent a plume of smoke 6,000 feet into the air above Birmingham and the West Midlands.
Around 150 fire fighters from across the Midlands were called out to tackle the massive blaze in Smethwick.
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 closures were put in place around the incident on Dartmouth Road, Brasshouse Lane and Halfords Lane.
Drivers were also warned to avoid junction 1 of the M5.
No homes were evacuated in the blaze, however residents in Chelmsley Wood were warned the plume of smoke was falling in their area.
West Midlands Ambulance Service said nine patients had been treated for injuries at the scene.
The injured people were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.
They were warned to stay out of the smoke and to keep doors and windows closed.
West Midlands Fire Service said 35 pumps and more than 150 firefighters were still on the scene on Monday morning.
A spokesman said over 400 emergency calls had been received about the blaze.
Posting via the service’s Twitter account, he said: “Approx 50,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material and a factory unit on fire.
“WMFS has a major incident as many of our own resources & support from surrounding fire services are at Smethick fire.
“Smoke is going up in the air 6000ft and is coming down in Chelmsley Wood area. Keep doors and windows closed and stay out of smoke.”
He added good progress had been made overnight and fire breaks between the main blaze and factory unites were being maintained.
• In April, ten thousand tons of cardboard went up in flames at a Birmingham paper recycling plant.
The blaze, which covered seven acres of bales at the Smurfit Kappa plant in Mount Street, Nechells, saw about 100 firefighters in action and was estimated to have caused £2 million of damage.