Bin fire spread to flat

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A WHEELIE bin blaze sparked by a suspected arson attack spread to part of an unoccupied flat. Fire crews were called to a first floor flat off Prescot Road shortly after midnight last Wednesday (September 11). The wheelie bin was destroyed by the flames along with a porch and the roof of a bin store area.

Most of the front door and door frame were also destroyed. Around half a hallway and stairs were also damaged by heat and there was some light smoke damage to another nearby flat.

Watch manager Nick McCormack, of Eccleston Fire Station, said: “Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire and entered the flat to conduct a search to make sure everyone was out.

“Luckily no-one was inside and smoke alarms alerted people living nearby to the danger.

“We advise that wheelie bins are kept somewhere secure and are only put out on the street on the day of collection.”

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service control room received six calls about the fire from worried neighbours.

Fire crews from Eccleston and St Helens both attended the call-out.