Crews fight Wirral industrial fire

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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service appliances were called to a recycling centre based in Wirral last Sunday to tackle a massive blaze.

The incident that took place at the Bidston Recycling Centre on Wallasey Bridge Road in Birkenhead, Wirral saw 10 engines and two aerial vehicles arrive to fight the large-scale fire.

Group manager for the service, Gary Oakford, commented that crews would be on site for many hours due to the size of the fire. Although the area is mainly used for industrial purposes, firefighters warned locals to keep both their doors and windows closed and to avoid the vicinity of the incident, as large plumes of black smoke rose from the centre.

A spokesperson for the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services stated:

“Crews were alerted at 5.55pm and on scene at 6.02pm… on arrival crews, found part of a large warehouse was well alight. Firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, are tackling the fire, which has been split into sectors for firefighting purposes.”

Warehouses, factories, recycling centres and other industrial operations are obligated to complete a risk assessment to comply with fire safety regulations. To ensure the safety of staff and property, it may be necessary to install smoke detectors and alarm systems on site. Enterprises booking a smoke alarm installation in Chester or nearby Wirral can employ qualified electricians to fit equipment.

The cause of the warehouse fire within the recycling centre premises has yet to be confirmed, but an investigation is currently underway. No one was harmed in the incident, but the facility has been temporarily closed.

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