Fears over exposure to asbestos have been sparked in the county of West Midlands, UK, following a huge blaze last week that saw a number of structures burn and resulted in fire fighters that attended the scene having to jump to their safety.

The fire started at Monty’s Tropical Rags in Smethwick, West Midlands, and around two hundred fire fighters had to attend because the blaze quickly spiralled out of control. The fire raged so hard that the roof of the building collapsed, although it is thought that nobody was injured.

However, officials are now concerned that with the fire blazing so hard, and with the roof of the factory having collapsed, the area could be at risk of being contaminated with asbestos, which is a deadly carcinogenic that can cause a range of health problems including a form of asbestos cancer known as mesothelioma.

The extent of the fire meant that many people working in buildings around the area had to be evacuated as a precaution, and those living in the area have been advised to keep their windows and doors shut to minimise the risk of exposure.

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