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Large fire at Woolton Hall annexe, Speke Road, Woolton


Thursday, 30 May 2019
Speke Road, Woolton
Firefighters are currently in attendance at a large fire at Woolton Hall on Speke Road in Woolton.

Crews were alerted at 5.51pm and on scene at 5.56pm. Five fire engines are currently in attendance along with the combined platform ladder (CPL).

On arrival crews found a building approximately 1800 square metres well alight.

Residents and businesses in the area should keep their windows and doors closed due to smoke issuing from the fire. People with existing medical conditions are advised to keep medicine nearby and contact 111 if ill effects occur.

The incident is ongoing.

UPDATE 6.51PM

The fire has been sectorised. It is believed the building involved in the fire is an outbuilding, rather than the main building.

Crews are working to prevent the fire spreading to the main Woolton Hall building.

UPDATE 7.27PM

Firefighting continues at Woolton Hall, with the combined platform ladder in use as well as external firefighting.

Group Manager Gary Oakford is at the scene.

He said: "Crews have worked hard to prevent this fire from spreading from the involved annexe to the main listed building, which is a well known part of the local community and heritage. The fire has produced a large amount of smoke which has resulted in a large volume of calls to Fire Control, who must also be commended for their response to this incident."

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

UPDATE 8.18PM

Crews remain on scene at Woolton Hall and are expected to do so for most of the evening.

Firefighting continues with the CPL in use to tackle the fire from above. Compressed air foam is also being used by crews to extinguish the blaze. Two teams of firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are using a high pressure hose reel and one main branch to fight the fire externally.

UPDATE 9.10AM FRIDAY 31ST MAY

Crews remained on scene overnight in the grounds of Woolton Hall on Speke Road, Woolton.

Firefighters were able to gain access to the main building after the arrival of a caretaker and were able to confirm that there has been no fire spread to this building.

The incident was scaled down to two fire engines shortly before 1am.

One fire engine remains on scene this morning, with crews carrying out hot spotting and damping down processes.

Merseyside Police also remain scene.

UPDATE 10.28AM

Crews remain at the scene on Speke Road and are continuing to damp down.

MFRS is working alongside Merseyside Police to establish the cause of the fire. Merseyside Police have this morning released the following statement:

Merseyside Police is working alongside investigators from Mersey Fire & Rescue Service following a fire in the grounds of Woolton Hall last night.

We were called at 6.20pm last night, Thursday 30th May following reports of the fire in old wooden sheds on the site on Speke Road in Woolton.

A number of road closures were in put in place last night due to the volume of smoke. The roads have since reopened.

Officers remain at the scene today and enquiries are being carried out to establish the cause of the fire which as this stage is being treated as suspected malicious ignition.

Detective Inspector Phil Mahon said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Speke Road who saw anything or anyone acting suspiciously to contact us.

“I would also ask if anyone was driving past Woolton Hall who may have captured something on their dash cam to get in touch as they may have information which is vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

UPDATE 10.31AM

Fire crews have now left the scene.

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