Hot weather causes new fire at Smurfit Kappa Nechells mill

The fire at Smurfit Kappa's Nechells mill in June

A new fire broke out at the Smurfit Kappa Nechells mill in Birmingham just weeks after a major blaze there.

However, firefighters from West Midlands Fire Service were able to get the fire under control within hours.


In June, more than 8,000 tonnes of cardboard were destroyed in a major incident at the mill.

But on this occasion, the fire involved just two large piles of cardboard.

In a statement, West Midlands Fire Service said: “We were called to Smurfit Kappa in Nechells today, the site of the former large blaze only a few weeks ago, after hot temperatures and wind conditions ignited waste cardboard stored at the site.

“Crews from Ward End and Aston attended the site just after 13:00 on 19 July after on-site staff contacted the fire service.

“The incident involved two large piles of cardboard on fire. Firefighters, who used four main jets, worked to dampen the blaze and prevent further breakouts.

“The affected areas have been locked down and crews are assisting on-site staff by further damping down other waste piles to prevent any other breakouts of fire.”

Within four hours, the Fire Service had declared the incident closed.