Bootle docks blaze comes under control

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Alexandra Dock fire from the Liverpool Leeds Canal. Pic by Lewis Jennings © JMU Journalism

Firefighters have taken control of the blaze at Alexandra Dock in Bootle after three days of tackling the fire.

The fire broke out at the European Metal Recycling terminal at 4am on Saturday morning and while the cause of the inferno is still unknown, firefighters on the scene continue to tackle the remaining smouldering materials.

This is not the first time that the terminal has caught fire. In fact, it is the third time in six months that a multi-day blaze has broken out at the scrap metal recycling facility.

Fire crews were on the scene moments after they were alerted to the incident but struggled to eliminate the fire, despite now having it under control.

The smoke is said to not be hazardous, but the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have advised those living in and travelling through the area to keep their windows closed, doors shut and air conditioning off.

A spokesman for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said: “It’s important that local residents understand that the risks to their health are low, however because any smoke is an irritant, it can make people’s eyes and throat sore.”

Any residents with pre-existing medical issues or concerns about the effect of smoke on their health were also advised to contact the NHS 111 service or their local GP.

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At the height of the fire during Saturday morning and afternoon, large plumes of smoke could be seen across Bootle, Seaforth and Crosby, but have been significantly reduced since then.

Due to the size of the blaze and how quickly it spread, the fire and rescue service initially sent 12 engines to attend the scene.

The inferno, which at one point spanned across a 200 x 150 metre area, has since been reduced in size to an area of 15 x 15 metres although there is no clear timetable for when the blaze will be put out entirely.