Police close road after building fire

Emergency services at a scene on Townsend Lane, Anfield
-Credit: (Image: Liverpool Echo)

A fire broke out in a former plumbers' merchants shop, forcing a road closure.

Fire crews were called to Townsend Lane in Anfield just before 5pm today, May 30 after reports of a fire on the ground floor of the former Ryans Direct shop. Neighbours said the shop had been standing empty "for years". No injuries were reported.

When the ECHO arrived on the scene, four fire engines were present, as well as five police vehicles. Police officers were enforcing a cordon that partially closed Townsend Lane from Priory Road up to Bishop Road.

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One neighbour told the ECHO he saw "black smoke" coming from the building shortly before 5pm and immediately called 999. He said fire crews were there "in minutes".

He added: "the firefighters broke down the main door and got the fire out. Then they started cutting through the metal shutters."

The number 14 bus was diverted in both directions, but Townsend Lane has now reopened, and services are running as normal.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: "On arrival crews found a three-storey building measuring approximately 15m by 20m with the ground floor involved in fire.

"Four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus started fighting the fire internally using two hose reel jets, while a further two firefighters assisted externally with another hose reel jet. Fire crews currently remain on scene to check for hot spots."

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