Fire investigators at a house in Wirral where a woman died say the batteries had been removed from a smoke alarm.
A joint police and fire investigation is underway into the cause of the blaze at a house in Village Road, Higher Bebington.
We have found that there was a smoke alarm in the rear room on the ground floor of the property and the battery had been removed but we do not know when this took place. Our investigation is continuing.
– Station Manager Barry Moore, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
Fire crews were called to the address shortly before 6pm on Sunday and during a search of the property the body of a woman was found.
Firecrews are tackling a blaze in the Wirral. They were called to a waste site on Wallasey Bridge Road early this morning. It involves 500 square metres of waste materials. Local people have been advised to keep windows closed.
Thirty firefighters are tackling a major blaze at a recycling plant on Merseyside. Around four and a half thousand square metres of recycled materials are alight at Southport Skip Hire on Crowland Street.
Firefighters have warned of the dangers of open water after a man and a woman were pulled from the River Mersey. A specialist rescue team recovered the couple shortly before 10 o'clock last night, the woman was taken to hospital.
“We advise that people do not jump into the River Mersey. Despite the warm temperatures the River Mersey’s waters can still be very cold and can cause people to go into cold water shock and experience hypothermia. There are also a lot of underwater hazards in the River Mersey which are not visible from the riverside. The River Mersey has also very strong tidal currents as well.”
– Team Leader Richard Warburton, Marine Rescue Unit