Huge fire near railway lines as 'explosions' heard in Kirkdale

A 'huge' fire at a storage building in Kirkdale has caused train services to be suspended and roads remain closed this morning.

Witnesses reported hearing 'loud bangs' after the blaze broke out near Bank Hall station in Kirkdale at around 11pm on Monday - writes

The A5056 Bankhall Street remains closed in both directions closed due to the factory fire between A565 DerbyRoad and A567 Stanley Road.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service confirmed six fire engines were responding to the incident after it was reported to them at 10:51pm.

Nobody is thought to have been injured in the fire, and a spokesperson for the fire service also said there have been no requests for ambulances.

Trains on the Southport and Northern Line services were disrupted.

A Merseyrail spokesperson said last night: "Due to a line side fire in the Sandhills/Bank Hall area, all services on the Southport Line are currently suspended.

"All Northern Line services are affected. More information will be released once available."

This morning disruption remained but by 7am Merseyrail confirmed disruption had come to an end.

Several ECHO readers got in touch with pictures and videos, with some claiming they'd heard explosions.

One Tweeted: "Heavy fire and explosions on Stanley Road."

Another added: "Looks massive. Have been hearing loud bangs since about 10:45."

A separate video shows how the blaze could be seen from as far as Everton, and some readers reported their houses had shaken.

One eyewitness told the ECHO: "Me and my family heard very very big bangs while we were in bed.

"We looked out the window and literally saw the fire from our window, we thought people might have been hurt in the fire so we drove down.

"There were a lot of people there watching as it spread, we got back into the car and there was a massive bang and explosion my mum had to swerve in the road because it was so loud, then metal parts and other pieces of rubble landed on the road from the fire."

A Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "Fire crews are dealing with a fire this evening (Monday) involving a factory unit in Redfern Street, off Stanley Road, Bootle.

"Six fire engines are in attendance at the scene.

"Crews were alerted at 22.49pm on and were on scene at 22.54pm.

"Firefighters arrived to find a fire at the rear of factory units at the site.

"Crews have been using two main branch jets to tackle the fire.

"Police are also in attendance at the scene.

"There is some disruption to local train services near to the site."
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