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Huge Bootle blaze that raged for18 hours
Firefighters spent over 18 hours tackling a huge fire at Alexandra Dock in Bootle in April.
The scrapyard fire involved 400 tonnes of waste electrical appliances and demanded twelve fire engines to tackle it.
Two aerial appliances and a hose layer unit were also deployed to the scene, as well as other fire engines on relief as the blaze raged on.
Firefighters used main jets, monitors fed from hydrants and a HVP to extinguish the fire, which was on a waste pile measuring around 100m x 70m.
Crews also monitored weather conditions as large plumes of smoke billowed in to the air. They assessed the materials involved in the fire and found no hazardous substances.
Merseyside Police, United Utilities, Port of Liverpool Police, Liverpool City Council,
Sefton Council, Public Health England and
the Environment Agency were notified of the incident and multi-agency meetings took place at the scene as firefighting progressed.
Mechanical diggers were used by crews to spread and cool smouldering timbers once the fire had been put out.
Firefighters remained at the scene for around 18 hours and no-one was injured in the blaze.
Following an investigation carried out by our Incident Investigation Team, the cause of the fire was found to be lithium batteries which had overheated in the waste pile.
Group Manager Guy Keen, who also served as Incident Commander, said: “On attendance crews were met with a well-developed fire in several huge piles of waste.
“Through a robust multi-agency collaboration and a concerted effort by fire crews, good water supplies were quickly established despite difficult circumstances.
“The fire was brought under control and, at the same time, advice was given out to keep members of the public safe.”

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