Derelict building fire, West Derby


Location: Almonds Green, West Derby

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is currently in attendance at a fire in a derelict building on Almonds Green, West Derby.

Crews were alerted at 7.45pm and on scene at 7.50pm. Six fire engines are currently in attendance as well as an aerial appliance.

On arrival crews found a four storey derelict building involved in fire.

Firefighters have secured a water supply and are tackling the fire externally using main jets whilst other firefighters gain access to to the premises.

There are large volumes of smoke and nearby residents and businesses should keep windows and doors closed. Anyone with existing medical conditions should keep medicine nearby and call NHS 111 if ill effects occur.

The incident is ongoing. Please avoid the area.


The incident involves a grade two listed building, approximately 30m x 15m in size. The building is well alight.

Firefighting continues externally with main jets and hose reel jets in use. The aerial appliance is being used as a water tower.

Residents and businesses nearby should continue to keep windows and doors closed due to the volume of smoke. Please avoid the area.


Firefighting continues externally. A second aerial appliance is now on scene and being used as a water tower.


Crews are continuing to fight the fire externally. Crews have set up lighting to aid visibility.

The Incident Command Unit (ICU) and welfare unit are also in attendance.

Relief crews have been carried out. 

A structural engineer has been requested to attend the incident.


Firefighting continues on scene. Crews are expected to remain in attendance for some time.

Station Manager Nick McCormack, Incident Commander on scene, said: "This is an extremely challenging and complex incident. Firefighters are working tirelessly and are making good progress in suppressing the fire. Firefighting continues and we expect to have a presence overnight.

"I would like to thank residents nearby for their cooperation whilst we deal with this incident. We will continue to work with multi agency partners throughout the remainder of this incident to end it as quickly and with as minimal disruption as possible."

An investigation into the cause of the fire will be carried out in due course.


Firefighting continued overnight. The Service drone was used during the early hours to assist with situational awareness and identifying hot spots.

Three fire engines and one aerial appliance remain in attendance this morning, with further relief crews are due to take place at 8.30am.

The incident is ongoing. Please avoid the area.


Reliefs are currently taking place. The incident has been scaled down to two fire engines. No aerial appliances remain in attendance. The welfare unit and Incident Command Unit have also been released from the incident.

Prior to being released from the scene, the aerial appliance was used to carry out temperature checks on the roof and exposed timbers. All readings are ambient. 

Remaining crews will continue to monitor temperatures.


This incident has now concluded, with firefighters leaving the scene at 12.07pm