Fire crews remain at Sonae wood chippings factory fire

Sonae factory fire
Image caption Crews will remain again overnight at the scene

Fire crews have spent a third day attempting to put out a fire at a chipboard factory in Merseyside.

More than 25 firefighters using six appliances are expected to remain overnight at the Sonae site in Kirkby, the fire service said.

The blaze began in a wood chip storage bunker on Thursday evening.

Knowsley Labour MP George Howarth has called for talks with the firm's Portuguese owner saying the site is a drain on emergency services resources.

Environmental impact

A fire service spokeswoman said: "This is a protracted incident and we expect to be there throughout the night again.

"We have six appliances at the scene and are using five main jets."

The factory has been closed until an investigation into the cause can be carried out.

Environment Agency officers have visited the site to monitor the environmental impact from the drifting smoke.

Knowsley Council said it was also seeking a meeting with the owners and emergency services to discuss safety provision at the factory, which opened 11 years ago.

Sonae has apologised to local people over the ongoing smoke coming out of the plant.

The firm has faced four health and safety inquiries in the past decade, amassing £132,000 in fines.

A fire at the factory 18 months ago took four days to extinguish.

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