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Tonnes of metal in factory fire

The scene of the fire
Crews will check the site for several days

A factory fire that ignited about 1,400 tonnes of metal in the West Midlands may take several days to burn out.

About 30 firefighters tackled the fire which started at Dunne Brothers on Moor Street, Brierley Hill, at about 0027 GMT on Monday.

The 1,400 tonnes of iron and magnesium may take several days to burn out because they cannot be treated with water, West Midlands Fire Service said.

No-one was hurt in the incident. Moor Street was closed but has reopened.

'Contained site'

Tony Jackson, the watch manager at Brierley Hill fire station, said smoke was drifting away from residential areas.

He said fire crews would be at the site for most of Tuesday and would also be checking the burning metal over the next three or four days.

"To disturb it is really the worst thing you can do. We just let it take its time, it will burn itself out," he said.

"There's no danger to anyone else, it's a contained site so that's the best course of action."

The cause of the fire was being investigated.

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