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Arson Suspected in HGV Blaze
An investigation into a fire at a yard which involved vehicles including two large lorries, found the fire was suspected to have been started deliberately.
Four fire appliances were sent to tackle the fire which involved a small number of vehicles.
Our Service control room received more than 40 calls about the fire and flames could be seen above roof height in the area when firefighters arrived at the scene in Tarran Way, Moreton.
Within two hours of the call-out on a Tuesday evening, damping down operations were being carried out at the scene. There were no reports of any injuries.
Fire appliances from Upton, Heswall and West Kirby attended the call-out. An investigation into the cause of the fire was carried out during Wednesday, May 14.
Station Manager Paul Kay, who attended the call-out, said:
“The fire involved vehicles including two HGVs which caused a lot of smoke to come from this fire and drift from the area. Swift action by firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to nearby business premises. The fire was extinguished at the site.
“Following this fire, firefighters and fire protection staff from our Service were due to visit commercial premises to highlight our fire safety messages.”
Our Service control room was called at 9.01pm on Tuesday, May 13.
The damping down operations were completed by 2.33am on Wednesday, May 14, and firefighters had left the scene by 3.09am.
A reassurance campaign was held at Tarran Way Industrial estate, where 30 businesses were visited and given arson prevention packs as well as security advice. It was carried out by firefighters and prevention staff with the help of partners including Merseyside Police and the Environment Agency.
A man was rescued from a cherry picker in Upton by firefighters.
Our Service was called out to Arrowe Brook Road just after midday on a Monday.
A 61-year-old man was trapped in the cage of a cherry picker that was around seven metres high.
Firefighters lowered the cage manually using the hydraulic controls on the cherry picker. They then used an extension ladder to help the man to ground level.
The man was not believed to have been injured in the incident.
Two fire appliances from Upton and West Kirby community fire stations were called out along with our Search and Rescue Team. Firefighters were there for around 20 minutes and the call-out was on April 28.
Words of Wisdom
One of our Service’s control room operators helped to ensure a woman safely escaped a building after a fire started in an airing cupboard of a flat.
Isabelle Massam, who is on Blue Watch at control, kept talking to the woman and calmed her down, encouraging her to leave her flat and the building, reassuring her that three fire appliances were on their way.
The call came through at 5.42am on a Wednesday morning earlier this year. Firefighters attended and the fire was extinguished by 6.28am.
The fire was in an airing cupboard in a building in Downing Close, Prenton.
Isabelle, who has worked for the Service for 35 years, said:
“The lady was panicking and said the property was full of smoke but she was unable to find her keys. I was able to calm her down and asked her to think where she usually left them, which was by the front door. I told her if it was safe to do so that she should get the keys and take the snip off the door and wait outside for the crews to arrive.”
Group Manager Glynis Lomax said: “The MACC operator calmly and clearly urged the caller to leave the property, at a time when the smoke in the flat added to the apparent confusion. She advised the caller to close the doors as she evacuated the building but only if she could do so safely and reassured and calmed her, keeping up a continual conversation to make sure she had left the building safely.
“The caller was clearly very distressed by seeing smoke in her flat and this was a fine example of the professionalism and the important difference Control staff make in helping to keep people safe.”
There was severe fire damage to the airing cupboard and smoke damage in the flat and the communal hallway of the building.
The call was received on March 5.
Firefighters tackle the flames at the site in Wirral. Photos: Chris Phillips.

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