Fire crews are continuing to tackle a blaze at a scrapyard in Kirkdale involving 150 cars.

The fire broke out at the scrapyard on Bank Hall Street, off Derby Road, at around 10.30pm on Saturday as firefighters raced to the scene.

Crews worked through the night as the response continued to be stepped up, with 15 fire engines and 3 aerial appliances in attendance by 2am.

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Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said there's two main seats of fire, with one affecting an area of 50 x 20 metres and another involving around 150 scrap cars.

Four roads remain closed in Kirkdale this morning after a fire broke out at a scrapyard
Four roads remain closed in Kirkdale this morning after a fire broke out at a scrapyard

Large plumes of smoke are continuing to billow from the blaze this morning and the air quality in the area is poor.

Local residents living in the area are advised to keep their windows and doors shut and stay inside if possible.

Road closures remain in place on Derby Road, Bankhall Lane, Bankhall Street and Forge Street and people are being urged to avoid the area.

Photos taken by ECHO photographer Andy Teebay in the early hours of Sunday show the scale of the fire.

The scale of the scrapyard fire in Kirkdale
The scale of the scrapyard fire in Kirkdale. (Pic Andrew Teebay).

In an update this morning, the fire service described it as a "challenging incident" with meetings taking place throughout the night.

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A fire service spokesperson said: "At 3.00am and 4.30am further multi agency meetings took place which developed a containment strategy involving site operators using plant machinery to spread out waste to enable firefighters to access and extinguish in limited space.

"Specialist equipment and ground monitors are in use at the site this morning as the fire continues.

"There are still significant smoke plumes in the area and the air quality is poor.

"Please avoid the area. Local residents should continue to keep doors and windows closed and stay inside if possible.

"Keep medication for existing conditions close and if any ill effects are experienced dial NHS 111 for advice."