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  • Aintree warehouse fire led to an 800ft plume of smoke

    Henry James

    A FIRE at a paper warehouse at an industrial unit in Aintree caused a huge plume of smoke above south Sefton with nearby residents advised to keep their doors and windows closed.

    The blaze took hold at a unit on Liver Industrial Estate off Long Lane just after 3pm on Wednesday, December 6, and at its height there were 12 fire engines on the scene with additional support vehicles.

    During the incident, Long Lane was closed in both directions causing severe traffic disruption and people were advised to avoid the area.

    The roof of the building collapsed during the fire and fire crews battled for hours to prevent the fire spreading to surrounding buildings.

    Fire crews were so concerned about the blaze spreading that they used a camera to monitor the temperatures of neighbouring buildings.

    Merseyside Fire and Rescue service said that increasing wind and the “structural integrity” of the building slowed progress during the incident.

    The main body of the fire was extinguished by 11.30am on Thursday, December 7.

    Firecrews worked with partner agencies to gain access to the building and Long Lane reopened soon after.

    A demolition team worked alongside fire crews to remove an area of the building that had partially collapsed.

    Demolition work and dampening down continued throughout last Thursday and Friday .

    Residents were asked to close windows and doors if they felt impacted by residual smoke.

    Anyone experiencing ill effects of the fire is asked to call the NHS helpline on 111.

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