Firefighters are at the site of a blaze this morning that has struck several houses on a Liverpool street.
The fire service is addressing the incident on Great Mersey Street in Kirkdale. They say they were called in the early hours by reports of a home “doing to get out” on the terraced street.
In a statement on their website, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service gave advice to residents, saying everyone had been counted and was safe and sound. They said the fire had spread from a property in the middle of the terrace to others in the street.
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The statement read: “Fire crews were called to the scene this morning for a fire involving a number of homes in Great Mersey Street, Kirkdale L5. Crews were alerted at 04:18 am and were at the scene at 04:23. Six fire engines and an air unit are in attendance.
Crews arrived to find that the roof of a property in the center of the terrace was well alight and began fighting the fire with hose reel blasting. The fire affected properties on both sides and residents were evacuated.
“Firefighters entered the property that was the source of the fire wearing breathing apparatus and the air gear was set up to fight the fire from above. The fire was also fought at the rear of the building with a hose reel and main branch hose.
“The fire has spread to several buildings on the terrace, with firefighters removing roof tiles to get to the blaze. Affected residents have all been evacuated and are all safe and responsible.
“Local residents should keep doors and windows closed. People with pre-existing health conditions should keep medicines nearby and if there are any ill effects, call NHS 111.
“Merseyside Police are also present.”
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