Dramatic photos show fire raging on docks

The Canada Dock fire from the Wirral-side of the river.
-Credit: (Image: Gary James Merrill)

Firefighters are still working to break down a 10,000-tonne waste pile that caused a large fire in Kirkdale.

Thick smoke was seen across parts of Liverpool last night, Thursday, July 4, as Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service tackled a blaze at Canada Dock.

Two fire engines attended the scene just before 10.30 pm to deal with the incident as people were urged to avoid the area.

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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service confirmed crews continued to dig out the waste material overnight. Photos shared with the ECHO show the fire from the Wirral side of the river in the early hours of this morning.

Now, there are still three ground monitors being used while numerous grabbers and a dump truck continue to break down the waste pile.

The Canada Dock fire from the Wirral-side of the river.
The Canada Dock fire from the Wirral side of the river. -Credit:Gary James Merrill

In an update posted online, the service added: “Two tugboats are being used to dampen down waste material and a high volume pump from Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service is in attendance.

"The incident is ongoing and there is still a large amount of smoke in the area. Please continue to avoid the area and keep all doors and windows closed. People with an existing health condition should keep medicines close and if any ill effects are experienced dial NHS 111 for advice.”

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service are also at the incident supporting their colleagues. A spokesperson told the ECHO: "As of 8:26 am the High-Volume Pump from Cheshire Fire and Rescue is likely to remain at the incident for 24 hours.

"Our crew from Powey Lane Fire Station is rotating their staff to support the incident."

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