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Fire crews were called to a six-vehicle road collision on the M53 and while dealing with the incident firefighters were also called out to an eight-vehicle collision on the same stretch of road.
Firefighters attended the first collision at around 9.20am on the day on the southbound carriageway between Junction 3 and Junction 4 of the motorway.
A 28-year-old woman was freed from a car by firefighters who used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the roof. She was taken to Aintree University Hospital by air ambulance.
The occupants were out of the five other vehicles when firefighters arrived. Two fire appliances from Bromborough and Birkenhead community fire stations were called out to the incident in September, along with the Search and Rescue Team.
While the first incident was being dealt with, MF&RS was called out to a separate road collision, southbound on the M53, between Junction 3 and Junction 4 at around 10.20am.
This involved nine vehicles, including cars and a heavy goods vehicle. A man died and another man was left seriously injured following the second collision.
Two fire appliances from Heswall and Wallasey community fire stations were called out to the second road collision along with the Search and Rescue Team.
Firefighters tackled a fire involving 100 square metres of peat in Mollys Lane, Kirkby.
Four fire appliances from Kirkby, Croxteth, Huyton and Newton-le-Willows community fire stations were sent to the scene at around 2.13pm.
Fire crews dug fire isolation trenches to prevent the fire spreading and to help flood the area with water.
Station Manager Ged Sheridan said: “The crews were on scene for a number of hours mainly due to how remote this fire was and a limited water supply in the area. We needed the fire appliances to physically move water to the location. Crews worked really hard to keep the fire where it was.”
Candle Safe
Firefighters gave oxygen to two women after an accidental fire started in a bedroom of a house.
Crews were called to Highfield Road, Walton at 8.40pm to a fire that started after a bed was placed over a tea light candle on the floor.
The fire involved part of a bed in a loft that had been converted into a bedroom.
White Watch firefighters from Aintree and Kirkdale community fire stations attended the call-out.
Station Manager Andy Houghton said: “It is thought that, due to the occupiers moving items of furniture around, that a bed was placed over the candle by mistake. The bed started to ignite and the occupiers used water from a nearby bathroom to douse the flames and patted it out.
“Firefighters made sure the fire was extinguished when they arrived and carried out some damping down and gave oxygen
to two women. They also requested paramedics
to check the women and issued fire safety
advice and advice on the safe use of candles.”
There was minimal damage to the room. Firefighters carried out a fire safety reassurance campaign in the road and immediate area following the incident.
Firefighters and emergency services at the scene of the collision on the M53. Photos by Chris Phillips.

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