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Fire sends plume of smoke into sky above Sefton, Merseyside

Firefighters were called to a quantity of plastic on fire Sefton tonight.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service were called to Leighton Avenue in Maghull after a plume of smoke was spotted

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Firefighters remained at the scene for around 40 minutes.

The cause is not yet known.

Major fire at Liverpool scrapyard could take days to put out

Firefighters are continuing to tackle a huge fire at a metal scrapyard in north Liverpool.

It broke out early this morning at a recycling plant at Alexandra Dock in Bootle.

Public Health England is advising local residents to stay indoors, keep windows and doors closed.

Motorists travelling through the area are advised to keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep air vents closed.

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Four children in stable condition after fire in Withington

It's believed the fire started in the living room at the back of the house Credit: MEN syndication

Four children who escaped a fire in Greater Manchester in which their parents are thought to have died are now in a stable condition in hospital.

The fire broke out at the house in Withington in the early hours of Friday morning. The bodies of a man and a woman were found inside. They've still not been formally identified.

The children, who are aged between 10 and 17, escaped by jumping from a window. An investigation into what started the fire is continuing.

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Police confirm two people were killed in Manchester fire

The blaze killed two people, and put five in hospital Credit: MEN Syndication

Two people have died, and five others are in hospital, after a house fire in Manchester.

Police have confirmed that a man and a woman lost their lives at the scene of the blaze, in Withington, in the early hours of this morning.

Four children, aged between 10 and 17, are being treated in hospital. Another man, whose age has not been made public, is in a serious condition.

My thoughts are with the family of the man and woman after such a tragic incident and we have specially-trained officers supporting the family at this time.

We are continuing to work closely with GMFRS to establish exactly how this fire started and I urge anyone who may have witnessed the fire, or anyone in the area in the hours before the fire.

If you have any information at all contact police as soon as possible so we can piece together what happened.

– Detective Inspector Tony Lea, Greater Manchester Police
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire Credit: MEN Syndication

Pictures show intensity of Manchester house fire

The house was badly damaged in the fire Credit: MEN Syndication

Photographs from the scene of what emergency services say was a "tragic fire," show just how intense the blaze was.

Flames ripped through the house in Withington, Manchester in the early hours of this morning. Two people, a man and a woman, were killed.

Firefighters say it was a Credit: MEN Syndication
Two people were killed, and five others put in hospital Credit: MEN Syndication

Four children, aged 10 to 17, are being treated in hospital alongside another man.

Investigators have increased the size of the area that is sealed off around the house, on Parsonage Road, while they try to determine the cause of the fire.

Police: House fire in Manchester is 'a tragic incident'

A house fire which has killed two people, and put five others in hospital, is a "tragic incident" according to police.

Medics say they are treating four children, the youngest aged 10, and a man. Firefighters were called to the property in Withington, Manchester at 2.21am this morning.

This is a tragic incident and we are working work closely with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue to establish exactly how this fire started.

We want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the fire, or were in the area in the hours before the fire.

– Superintendent Mark Kenny, Greater Manchester Police

Two people die, and five are injured, in Manchester house fire

Firefighters posted this photo of the damaged house Credit: GM Fire and Rescue

Two people have been killed, and five others injured, after a house fire described by firefighters as "serious and tragic."

Emergency crews were called to the blaze on Parsonage Rd in Withington, at 2.21am this morning. Medics are treating three girls, and a boy, all aged between 10 and 17. A man, whose age has not been made public, is in a serious condition.

Investigators are trying to find out what caused the fire. The area is expected to be sealed off for several hours.

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