Householders warned to keep windows closed as major fire breaks out at Wallasey Bridge Road (From Wirral Globe)
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Householders warned to keep windows closed as major fire breaks out at Wallasey Bridge Road
9:45am Sunday 15th September 2013 in News
SMOKE billowing from a blaze in waste materials at Birkenhead has led the fire service to advise householders to keep their windows closed.
Large volumes of smoke from the incident at Wallasey Bridge Road could be seen from the M53.
The blaze is described as "a deep-seated fire" involving around 500sq mtrs of waste materials.
By 6am today, four fire engines were still at the scene, with one main hose in use along with two ground monitors - hoses that can be set up to direct water onto a particular area.
The Enviroment Agency and police have been advised of the incident.
By 10am, three fire appliances were at the scene and mechanical diggers were on site creating fire breaks and moving waste material away from the seat of the fire.
Group manager Paul Murphy, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service district manager for Wirral, said: “It is difficult conditions for firefighters to access the site and extinguish a very deep-seated fire.
"We are working with partners to resolve this situation as quickly as possible but this likely to be a protracted incident.
“This fire is producing large volumes of smoke which is drifting across East Wirral.”
Station manager Mark Clarke said: Local residents are advised to close windows.
"We are awaiting assistance from the owners of the site to help remove materials to extinguish the fire".
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service control room had received 21 calls from members of the public by 6am on Sunday.
Back in April, crews were in action at another "deep-seated fire" underneath peat and compost on land between Wallasey Bridge Road and the A5139.
At the time, Public Health England issued advice to people in the vicinity: "If you are affected by the smoke you should stay indoors and keep doors and windows closed and turn off ventilation or air conditioning systems .
"Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air-conditioning and keep their air vents closed."
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