‘Horror for neighbours’ as fire breaks out at former care home

Firefighters are battling a blaze at the site of a former care home, as flames have torn through a disused building.

Four fire engines and two police vehicles were called to East Prescot Road earlier this evening, at about 6.22pm.

A spokesman for the fire service confirmed a fire, which first started in a shed, spread to a nearby unoccupied building – the former site of Knotty Ash Residential Home.

The spokesman confirmed no one was inside of the building and there have been no reported injuries.

At about 8.25pm the fire service said it looked as though the fire was almost extinguished, after hours of battling it.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were sent inside of the building to fight the fire, as well as using an appliance to try and stop the flames externally.

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Pictures from the scene showed a heavy emergency service presence, as police were called to control the traffic.

One witness described the fire as a “horror”.

Fire fighters on East Prescot Road, as a fire rips through the former site of Knotty Ash Residential Home
Fire fighters on East Prescot Road, as a fire rips through the former site of Knotty Ash Residential Home
(Image: Paul Evans)

Paul Evans told the ECHO: “Fire is still ongoing.

“Many firefighters, police and ambulances are on the scene at the derelict building.

“It’s a horror for the neighbours.”

A spokesman for Merseyside Fire Service said a fire started in a wooden shed before it spread to the unused building.

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The fire “broke through the roof” of the former care home, he said, and a hose jet reel was in use.

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