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FURTHER UPDATE: Fire At A Warehouse In Birkenhead Extinguished And Damping Down Operations Carried Out

Monday, 23 June 2014
Thomas Street, Birkenhead.
Firefighters extinguished a fire involving part of a warehouse in Birkenhead.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 4.17pm on Monday, June 23, to a fire involving the single storey brick building in Thomas Street, Birkenhead. The building is located in the area near Hind Street and Jackson Street.

By 4.36pm two main jets were in use tackling the flames and four fire appliances were on scene with two more requested to attend the scene to ensure there were enough firefighters to tackle the flames. An aerial appliance, which is an appliance which has a platform on the end of an extendable arm to put water on fires from above roof height, was also sent to the scene..

By 4.50pm eight fire appliances, including the aerial appliance, were on scene and at 5.13pm three main jets were in use at the fire along with another hose and a ground monitor, which can be set up on the ground to direct water onto a particular area of the fire.

By 5.41pm two main jets and one ground monitor were in use at the scene. The incident was being scaled down by 5.44pm on Monday, June 23, with one fire appliance leaving the scene and another fire appliance had left the scene by around 6pm.

By 7.15pm damping down operations were being carried out and by 8.14pm just one fire appliance was on the scene, continuing with damping down operations.

A structural engineer also attended the scene.

Station Manager Steve Gadsdon said: “Firefighters had to work quickly, during a very warm day and did well to prevent this fire spreading to other buildings in this area of Birkenhead. This was an intense fire and firefighters fought the flames from three sides of the building as well as from above. When firefighters arrived flames could be seen coming through parts of the roof of the warehouse.

“Eight fire appliances attended the scene to make sure we had enough firefighters at the scene to control, contain and extinguish the fire safely.

“The fire was brought under control and firefighters worked to extinguish the flames at the site.”

An investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out.

The Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Incident Management Team also attended.

The Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service control room received 31 calls about the fire.

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