By Oliver Hall
A tyres firm in Shrophire will be closely monitored by an environment team after a third blaze broke out on the premises in just over a year.
Around 50 firefighters tackled the blaze at Kingpin Tyres on an industrial estate in Wem and it took almost 20 hours to put out.
It is the third fire at the firm since April 2009. It took crews severals days to extinguish ‘quite an extreme fire’ there in September, while they had also attended a smaller fire at the premises in April last year.
Shropshire Council said smoke from the plant during the latest fire was not dangerous and people living in the area should not panic.
Teams sent to monitor the air quality after clouds of black smoke billowed from the site have also left.
The Environment Agency said it would monitor the situation and hold talks with the owners about safety.
The fire took hold in a pile of rubber particles, the fire service said.
Martin Timmis, of Shropshire Fire and Rescue, said there had been a similar fire in September last year which took weeks to put out.
He said: “The company has made the rubber stack significantly smaller since then which helped reduce the fire risk.”