Fifteen fire engines are battling flames at a Walsall recycling plant that stores asbestos, threatening nearby residents

A huge fire has broken out on a recycling plant in the West Midlands, forcing 40 people to flee their homes.

The blaze began in Walsall earlier this morning.

The blaze started early this morning

The West Midlands fire service said it had sealed off an area because a large volume of asbestos is stored at the site, the BBC reported.

Fifteen fire engines are tackling the blaze.