High-rise fire in Liverpool


Location: Parliament Street, Liverpool

Firefighters are currently in attendance at a fire in a high-rise building on Parliament Street on the outskirts of Liverpool City Centre.

Crews were alerted at 9.41am and on scene at 9.46am. Six fire engines and an aerial appliance are in attendance.

On arrival, crews found a well-developed fire on the 5th and 6th floors - which are currently under construction - of the building.

Firefighters began by fighting the fire from within, with the aerial appliance being set up to work externally.

The fire on floors 5 and 6 has now largely been extinguished and crews are fighting externally on scaffold, wearing rag harness and respirators, cutting away exterior cladding to check for fire spread.

Residents were evacuated from the building and Merseyside Police closed Parliament Street in both directions.

MFRS Incident Commander, Group Manager Craig Whitfield, who is at the scene, said: "Crews faced a well-developed fire on the 5th and 6th floors and commenced an assertive and effective attack. The aerial ladder platform has proven effective in the external attack."

He added: "The fire service implemented a building evacuation early in the incident."

It is not believed there are any injuries.

Crews are starting to scale back operations but are likely to remain on scene for a number of hours.