Massive fire at waste facility

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A massive fire tore through a warehouse and caused a huge amount of damage at a waste facility in Prescot.

Crews were called to the Carr Lane transfer site shortly before 6am on Sunday December 4 and six fire engines and a platform ladder went to the scene.

Firefighters tackled the blaze throughout Sunday and all through the night and are still dealing with the last remaining pockets on Monday morning.

The fire, which measured around 100 metres by 100 metres at one point, involved half of the warehouse nearest to Carr Lane and part of the building collapsed.

Some smoke was still visible on Monday morning and the road closure from the roundabout at Tesco to Huyton Lane remained in place.

Firefighters divided the building into sectors and used jets and breathing apparatus to bring the flames under control.

There were no reports of any injuries or indications that anyone was inside the facility when the blaze broke out.

Around 40 premises at Prescot Business Park had to be evacuated on Sunday and the incident created an enormous plume of smoke which could be seen across Merseyside.

Limited access from Steeley Way was permitted on Monday morning, with people able to get to the units to the left of Sinclair Way, including Ropers Court, Helsby Court and Pilkington Court, on foot.

However, Sinclair Court is still too close to the scene to allow access.

The site has a permit to treat, store, transfer and dispose of hazardous waste and the Environment Agency (EA) and other partners have been providing guidance and advice to the fire service throughout the incident.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) told anyone with pre-existing health conditions to keep their medicine close.

Any residents suffering ill-effects or who have concerns about the smoke’s impact on their health should contact the NHS 111 service, which is free from landlines and mobiles, or their GP surgery for advice, following any instructions for out-of-hours services.