A fire at a Birkenhead car breakers started accidentally, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) has said.
Crews were alerted at 8.37pm last night and on scene at 8.40pm. Four fire engines were in attendance.
On arrival crews found smoke issuing from a 20m x 30m single-storey building.
Fire crews gained entry to the building using an angle grinder and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire.
Nearby residents and businesses were told to keep windows and doors closed due to smoke from the fire.
By 9.41pm, firefighters continued to suppress the fire and the electricity to the building was been isolated, while cordons remained in place.
At 10.07pm, MFRS said that damping down operations were taking place and that the cordons remained in place on Borough Road.
An investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out in due course.
Crews remained on site until 11.46pm and following a joint investigation between MFRS and Merseyside Police, it is believed the fire started accidentally.