Fire at New Ferry sees seven appliances attend

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) attended a fire at a building fire on Clipper View, New Ferry during the night.

Fire crews were alerted at 00.05am on Friday 6 August. A total of six fire engines were in attendance as well as the combined platform ladder appliance.

The incident involved a two-storey building with the roof fully engulfed in fire. Crews gained access to the premises and fought the fire externally.

Emergency services were alerted to the fire by approximately 20 calls in relation to the incident.

I was awoken by the fire engines coming down New Ferry and the orange glow from the fire itself and the smell of smoke. I first thought it was a car fire until I saw the flames about the neighbouring houses.

Witness Terry Lawrence

MFRS advised nearby residents and businesses to keep windows and doors closed. Anyone with existing medical conditions were advised to keep medicines nearby and call NHS 111 if ill effects occured.

MFRS asked people to avoid the area, while the incident was ongoing.

A statement from MFRS at shortly after 2:10am said that the fire had been brought under control. 

The fire involved a cafe at the rear of a convenience store. Severe damage has been caused as a result of the fire.

Incident Commander, Station Manager Alun Evans, said, “Firefighters worked quickly and effectively to bring this well-developed fire under control. They have been able to successfully contain it to the affected building, protect neighbouring properties from any fire spread and reduce the impact of smoke on the surrounding area. Crews are now working to tackle any smaller pockets of fire that remain.”

MFRS crews remained on scene for the next two to three hours carrying out damping down and hot spotting operations.

It is not believed there are any injuries.

MFRS advised that residents and businesses no longer need to keep their windows and doors closed as the smoke has been reduced. 

An investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out in due course. 

Image credit: Terry Lawrence

Image credit: Terry Lawrence
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