Devastating footage shows scale of damage after huge blaze

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This devastating drone footage shows the scale of the damage to a charity's warehouse after a massive blaze took hold of the building today.

Flames tore through the warehouse at around 12.30pm, prompting a major response from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

Six fire engines rushed to the scene, on Warbreck Moor in Aintree, after a fire started in St Joseph's Hospice charity shop.

Drone footage filmed by Colm O'Grady at the scene shows smoke billowing into the sky as the building appears to be gutted inside.

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Merseyside Fire Service said the blaze took place inside the store's warehouse, where it is understood St Joseph's Hospice keep much of their stock.

The footage appears to capture the charred walls and burnt remains as smoke rises into the sky.

Neighbours in the area said the shop had been amazing in helping people get affordable, second-hand furniture.

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Drone footage of a fire on Warbreck Moor

One neighbour said: "It's just heart breaking, they've not been here that long."

St Joseph's Hospice Chief Executive, Mike Parr, told the ECHO there were no injuries during today's blaze.

It's understood only one member of staff was inside the building at the time.

Mr Parr said: "At around 12.30pm this afternoon (Tuesday, May 25) a fire broke out in the warehouse of our furniture shop on Warbeck Moor.

A fire on Warbreck Moor, in Aintree

"Thankfully everyone was evacuated safely and the fire service is currently at the scene. We will provide further updates as soon as we are able to."

At 4.45pm, Merseyside Fire Service said: "Firefighters remain on scene. The incident is in the process of being scaled down to four fire engines and the aerial appliance.

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T"he public – and motorists – should continue to avoid the area and residents should keep doors and windows closed due to smoke. Anyone with existing medical conditions should keep medicines nearby and should call NHS 111 if ill effects occur.

"Road closures remain in place.

"Ongoing incident."

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