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“Thank You For Your Help”
Firefighters tackled a deep-seated fire in a warehouse in St Helens.
People living near to the site of the fire in Merton Street were urged, on the morning of November 5, to keep windows and doors closed due to smoke from the blaze.
The fire involved a single storey factory unit, measuring around 55 metres by 15 metres, at a recycling facility.
Our Service was called at 5.13am on November 5. By 9.18pm firefighters in breathing apparatus were using two main jets at the site and at 11.41pm on November 5, two main hoses were in use at the site.
On November 6, damping down operations continued after around 100 tonnes of materials were excavated at the site. Three fire appliances and a High Volume Pump were at the site on November 6.
The Area Environment Manager for Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire sent a letter following the fire in which she thanked officers and the Incident Commander for their “co- operation and hard work” at the scene. The letter also said the officers who attended were “extremely helpful in reducing the impact that contaminated runoff had on the local watercourses”.
Group Manager Chris Case, district manager for St Helens, said:
“Firefighters worked with the Environment Agency,
St Helens Council and United Utilities round the clock at the location but the seat of this fire was difficult to reach and tonnes of recyclable materials had to be moved in order for firefighters to gain access to the area. We also had to make sure we had enough water supplies to the area to tackle the fire and a High Volume Pump (HVP) was at the scene on November 5. It was a difficult operation that took time.
“Diggers were in use at the site during November 5 and during November 6 to move tonnes of materials to help us access the area of the seat of the fire.
“We contained the fire during the night in between digging operations stopping on the evening of November 5 and resuming on the morning of November 6.”
Four fire appliances were sent to the scene initially on November 5, then two more were requested and arrived by 7.09am on November 5, to ensure there was enough firefighters to get water to the fire and access the location of the fire. The Service’s Incident Management Team was also sent to the scene.
A High Volume Pump, which can move large amounts of water, was at the scene during the afternoon of November 5 to help move water to the area to extinguish the fire.
The incident was scaled down by the afternoon of November 5 and two fire appliances remained on site during the night.
Warm Welcome To Campaign
Homes were visited by our Service across Merseyside to highlight the dangers of unsafe heating as part of Electrical Fire Safety Week.
Firefighters and fire prevention advocates checked heating at properties and, where needed, replaced unsafe heaters with safer oil-filled radiators.
Rachel Hall, 83, who lives in Allerton, had her portable halogen heater replaced with an oil-filled radiator.
Advocates visited her home and discovered her portable heater was not suitable for her needs and could have posed a fire risk. Advocates replaced her heater and also gave her a winter warm pack containing food and a wind-up radio.
Rachel said: “It’s a very good idea. I’m very pleased indeed with the heater and winter warm pack.”
Portable heaters may be seen as a cost-effective option for keeping warm to heat one room rather than the whole house. However, they are easy to knock over and pose a risk if they are next to flammable materials.
MF&RS staff encouraged residents to opt for safer heating options such as oil-filled radiators and advised people not to place heaters near combustible materials, such as furniture or clothing.
From April 2012 to March 2014, there were 32 dwelling fires involving a heater or fire on Merseyside. Three people died and 23 people were injured in those incidents.
Kevin Johnson said: “We would always advise that people ensure appliances are in good working order and they ensure electrics are checked by a qualified electrician.
“People should not overload plug sockets and should keep the area around electrical appliances free from clutter that could catch fire.
“As part of Electrical Fire Safety Week we urged people to take steps to protect their home from electrical fires in the home.”
There were 2,288 accidental fires in homes in Merseyside between April 2012 and March 2014 and 1,414 of them were caused by an electrical fault. Of those electrical fires, 891 involved cooking appliances and 221 involved the consumer unit. Additionally, there have been 148 electrical fires after faults involving cables, wiring and plugs in Merseyside homes. During that period there were also 55 electrical fires involving washing machines, 66 involving tumble dryers and 20 involving a dishwasher.
It’s Snowjoke
What do you call a cow in snow?
A Freez-ian.
It’s Snowjoke
Which animal should you not play cards with?
A cheetah.

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