SEVEN fire engines and an aerial platform were called to a warehouse that was engulfed by a blaze last night. 

Fire crews were called to the building on Manor Street, Peasley Cross, St Helens on Sunday evening.

Footage shared by onlookers has shown crews battling the flames from the platform as thick smoke billows out over the area.

In an update issued shortly after 11pm, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said the number of crews at the incident had increased.

Firefighters remained at the scene through the night and damping down at the site has continued this morning, Monday.

As firefighters tackled the blaze last night, United Utilities assisted with water pressure requirements and the provision of water tankers to ensure effective water supplies for firefighting.

Compressed Air Foam was also in use in firefighting and to protect neighbouring buildings.

Merseyside Police assisted with traffic management and liaison with local residents.

Residents have been asked to keep doors and windows closed and people are urged to avoid the area.

St Helens Star: Smoke has been billowing into the air Pic: Julian DaviesSmoke has been billowing into the air Pic: Julian Davies

 

In an update at 9.30am on Monday, a Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Crews began to damp down the area with the aerial appliance and main branch hoses still in use at 12.30am.

"Damping down and checking for hot spots has continued throughout the night with high pressure hose reel jets.

"The aerial appliance was no longer required after around 3.30am and damping down is continuing at the site currently.

"Please avoid the area and residents and businesses nearby should continue to keep doors and windows shut, keep treatment for pre-existing conditions nearby and if any ill effects are experienced dial NHS 111."

In an earlier statement on Sunday evening Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said: "Crews arrived to find a large single storey warehouse 20 x 30 metres well alight and began to fight the fire with a main branch hose.

"The incident has been sectorised and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are fighting the fire externally with main branch hoses.

St Helens Star: The fire from street level - Picture: Olivia LetfordThe fire from street level - Picture: Olivia Letford

"There is a large amount of smoke from the fire, please avoid the area.

"Local residents should keep doors and windows shut. If you have a medical condition keep medicines close and if any ill effects are felt call NHS 111.

"The incident is ongoing."

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