Hero taxi driver saves lives after fire rips through businesses in Liverpool

An investigation into the cause of the fire is now underway Credit: Liverpool Echo

A hero taxi driver helped save the lives of strangers after he alerted them to a fire ripping through businesses below where they live.He was driving past the blaze on Walton Road at around 5am, as a fire tore through furniture stores.

Fire crews helped evacuate all the properities Credit: Liverpool Echo

He dialled 999 before trying to wake up those who live above the businesses.Merseyside Fire Service said "all people were accounted for" and all the properties were evacuated in time.

Fire crews tackled the blaze on Walton Road at 5 am Friday morning Credit: Liverpool Echo

Home Decor, a family run business, which has been in the community for 15 years, were one of three businesses affected.

Merseyside Police said "it is unknown how the fire started and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances".

Anyone in the area with information about the incident, CCTV or dashcam footage can contact us on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with reference 21000191977.