Tyre fire at former racing park

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Birmingham Wheels shut in 2021 and was recently purchased the Birmingham City's owners [BBC]

More than 20 firefighters are dealing with a tyre blaze at the former Birmingham Wheels leisure park.

Two wooden structures and tyres caught fire at the site in Saltley, which has caused a large plume of smoke, West Midlands Fire Service said.

Nearby residents have been advised to keep windows and doors shut while crews extinguish the fire.

The 48-acre site closed in 2021 and was purchased by Birmingham City's American owners in April.

It was home to a number of sports clubs, from racing to speed skating and had hosted sporting events for more than 40 years.

The fire service said at about 20:00 BST that five appliances were at the scene and were successfully extinguishing the fire.

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