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Major fire at metal scrapyard in north Liverpool

The fire is believed to have started at around 4am. Photo: Ashley Derricott, ITV News

Firefighters have been tackling a fire at a scrap metal recycling yard in north Liverpool.

The alarm was raised just after 4am. Crews arrived at the scene at Alexandra Dock, Bootle, minutes later.

Twelve fire engines have been at the scene at European Metal Recycling where it is believed plant machinery and storage areas have been affected.

A large plume of smoke can be seen in the local area.

The fire is expected to burn for several days. Credit: Ashley Derricott, ITV News

We can confirm that at 04:10 this morning (Saturday 11th March) a fire broke out at the European Metal Recycling (EMR) terminal at Alexandra Dock, Port of Liverpool. EMR is a tenant of Peel Ports Group, located at the Port of Liverpool.

All relevant emergency services were immediately deployed and there are currently 12 fire appliances tending to the incident on site.

Thick smoke is emanating from the area and is currently travelling in a north easterly direction, towards Crosby.

There may be some disruption to port activity throughout the day as the health and safety of our employees, contractors and customers, remains our priority.

– Peel Ports statement
Smoke from the fire can be seen across the Mersey. Credit: Pete Rehill

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.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue says the fire poses a low health risk to people in the local area.

The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation.