Firefighters battle large blaze at Liverpool docks

Emergency crews have spent the day dealing with a large fire at a scrap metal recycling facility at Seaforth Docks

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Fire crews remain at huge blaze at Liverpool docks

Credit: Steve Brookes ITV

Fire crews are still at the scene of a huge blaze on the Liverpool docks after battling the flames throughout last night.

Six fire engines and two aerial units have been trying to put out the fire at a scrap metal recycling plant since the alarm was first raised at 11.20pm on Friday at Seaforth on the waterfront north of Liverpool.

Huge plumes of black smoke have been sent across the city's skies since the fire started.

No injuries have been reported.

View of the blaze from across the River Mersey Credit: Steve Brookes, ITV Granada
Credit: Steve Brookes, ITV Granada

On arrival, crews discovered a large and well-developed fire.

"Crews immediately requested additional resources, which included six fire appliances, a high-volume pump, a command unit and two aerial units.

"There has been excellent liaison with partner organisations such as Port Police and the Environment Agency and crews have worked hard in arduous conditions to surround and control the fire.

"Great consideration has been taken to reduce the risk to the environment in terms of water run-off and the smoke plume.

"Business continuity at the dock has been maintained effectively throughout the incident, with ships able to load and unload without disruption.

– Ben Ryder, group manager, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service
Fire hoses focus on the flames from a high position Credit: Steve Brookes, ITV Granada

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