Crews tackle major fire at Alexandra Dock, Bootle
Saturday, 11 March 2017
Firefighters have been called to a fire at a scrap metal recycling facility at Alexandra Dock in Bootle.
A call was made from the site to raise the alarm at 4.06am, crews were alerted at 4.07 and were on scene at 4.13am.
The number of Fire appliances at the scene has been increased to 12. The fire is now covering a 200 x 150 metre area and is affecting plant machinery and storage areas. Water supplies are being established and the incident is being sectorised. There is a significant smoke plume coming from the incident site.
Residents in areas affected by the smoke, currently including Bootle, Seaforth and Crosby, should stay indoors, keep their doors and windows closed, and tune in to the local radio station for advice and information.
Motorists who have to travel through the smoke should keep windows closed, turn off air conditioning and keep their air vents closed.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is on-site dealing with the fire and the other agencies involved will continue to monitor the situation and issue advice to the public, businesses and organisations affected as necessary.
It’s important that local residents understand that the risks to their health are low, however because any smoke is an irritant, it can make people’s eyes and throat sore.
People with asthma and other respiratory conditions may be particularly susceptible to the smoke and should carry and use their medication (such as inhalers) as usual. The general advice therefore remains that if possible people should try to remain out of the smoke. If you have any concerns about the smoke’s impact on your health please call your GP surgery for advice, following any instructions for out of hours services, or contact the NHS 111 service (which is free from both landlines and mobiles and open 24/7).