Fire in city centre sends smoke billowing across Liverpool

Fire in city centre sends smoke billowing across Liverpool

Firefighters were called to the blaze just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday

A huge rubbish fire sent smoke billowing across Liverpool city centre.

Passers-by stopped in cars to watch the fire as it took hold of some trees and rubbish in a yard in Islington this afternoon.

The fire was reported to have started on Soho Street, just off Hunter Street, after a stack of plastic bales were seen ablaze at 4 p.m.

A witness said he saw the smoke from the back garden of his house in Everton just after 3.30 p.m.

He said: “The smoke looked bad from my street, but I am just glad no one is hurt and it’s not someone’s house.”

A spokesperson from Merseyside Fire and Rescue said there had been four fire engines in attendance at the scene, plus a combined platform ladder.

They added: “The fire involved a large quantity of rubbish, approximately 30m x 20m in size.

“Firefighters used three main jets and a compressed air foam system to tackle the fire.”

The spokesperson said they had received a call at 3.49 p.m. and fire crews were on Soho Street by 3.52 p.m.

On Tuesday evening a spokesperson said there was no indication yet of what the cause of the fire was. They said no one was involved in the fire.

Flames were seen behind a thick metal fence, with fire crews cutting through two sheets of the rusted metal on Mansfield Street to create a hole.

They then sprayed water onto the base of the flames, sending plumes of smoke into the air.

After around 40 minutes of fighting the fire, a platform ladder arrived for the fire crew to battle the blaze from above.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue were still on Soho Street and dampening it down at 7.15 p.m.

Smoke was visible across the city centre, and could even be seen from the other side of the Mersey on the Wirral.

Original source: Liverpool Echo

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