A BOWLING club has been burnt to the ground after a large fire ripped through the building.

Four fire engines and an aerial appliance were sent to the Knowsley Road club at around 11.35pm.

Crews battled the blaze and were on the scene until around 6.20am this morning, Wednesday.

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A spokesman for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said "severe damage" has been caused to the property and it is not yet known how the fire started.

No injuries have been reported.

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The aftermath of the fire. Picture: Bailey Dean

It is reported that the club, which is located next to the Black Bull, was also hit by fire during the early hours of Monday morning.

A spokesman from the service said: "At the height of the fire, we had four engines and an aerial appliance at the scene and the incident was sectorised (split into different sections for firefighting purposes).

"Crews used high pressure hose reel jets, two main branches and a ground monitor to tackle the fire.

"The fire was extinguished by around 2.15am but hot spotting and damping down continued.

"We left the scene at 6.19am on March 11.

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"An investigation into the cause was launched and the incident was left with Merseyside Police, who also attended the incident to deal with traffic management.

"There are not thought to have been any injuries but the building was severely damaged, with a partial collapse midway through firefighting.

"There was an incident at the same location on March 9, 2020."

If you have any information about the fire contact police on 101.