Trains stopped and M6 smoke fears after huge blaze at Darlaston waste site


A huge blaze has erupted at a waste site in the Black Country. Smoke was sent billowing into the sky as the large waste fire ignited in Darlaston.

Firefighters from four stations rushed to the scene in Cemetery Road this afternoon. Trains were brought to a standstill as crews tackled the blaze, near James Bridge Cemetery.

There were initial concerns smoke would affect drivers on the nearby M6 but no action was needed. Crews from Walsall, Aldridge, Willenhall and Bilston were dispatched to the fire just before 12.10pm.

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Council workers also supported efforts to tackle the blaze by providing mechanical diggers to move burnt material. No one has been hurt in the fire, West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service confirmed.

The fire service said: “Just before 12:10pm on Thursday, May 26, we were called to a fire at a waste site on Cemetery Road, Darlaston. Four fire engines responded, crewed by firefighters from Walsall, Aldridge, Willenhall and Bilston fire stations.

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled and extinguished the fire using main jets. Highways were contacted due to initial concerns of smoke affecting the nearby M6, but no action was needed.

“We worked with Network Rail, who isolated overhead railway lines and arranged a local stoppage of trains due to safety concerns. Walsall council are supplying mechanical diggers to assist our crews as they begin digging out and moving burnt materials.

“No casualties have been reported.” Staff from West Midlands Railway isolated overhead railway lines as firefighters battled the flames.

Disruption is still ongoing, with services between Wolverhampton and Tame Bridge Parkway affected. Train services running through these stations may be delayed or revised..

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