13 June 2022

Smurfit Kappa Birmingham fire - update includes company comment

West Midlands Fire Service attended the blaze and says crews are likely to remain on site for days.

Paper piles
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A fire at the Smirfit Kappa plant in Birmingham, UK, has destroyed around 8,000 tonnes of paper and cardboard.

There were no reports of any casualties or a possible cause. Smurfit Kappa has been able to resume some operations today, and says:

'At approximately 19.40 BST yesterday evening a fire broke out in an adjacent premises to the Smurfit Kappa SSK Paper Mill in Birmingham. High winds carried the fire which reached the mill’s recovered fibre yard.

Smurfit Kappa would like to thank both West Midlands Fire Service staff and the SSK team for their swift and professional response in controlling the fire within a few hours and ensuring the safety of all.

The paper mill itself is unaffected and we do not expect any material impact on production.'