Fire crews still on scene after battling large fire at Liverpool docks

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Fire crews are still at the scene of a huge blaze on the Liverpool docks after battling the flames throughout last night.

Six fire engines and two aerial units have been trying to put out the fire at a scrap metal recycling plant since the alarm was first raised at 11.20pm on Friday at Seaforth on the waterfront north of Liverpool.

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Huge plumes of black smoke have been sent across the city's skies since the fire started.

Ben Ryder, group manager at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, said: "On arrival, crews discovered a large and well-developed fire.

"Crews immediately requested additional resources, which included six fire appliances, a high-volume pump, a command unit and two aerial units.

"There has been excellent liaison with partner organisations such as Port Police and the Environment Agency and crews have worked hard in arduous conditions to surround and control the fire.

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"Great consideration has been taken to reduce the risk to the environment in terms of water run-off and the smoke plume.

"Business continuity at the dock has been maintained effectively throughout the incident, with ships able to load and unload without disruption."

No injuries have been reported.

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