Fire in Renshaw Street, Liverpool, closes road

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Renshaw Street, Liverpool has been closed in both directions

A "significant" blaze at a building in Liverpool has forced the closure of a city centre street.

Renshaw Street has been shut in both directions following a fire which broke out at 08:00 BST at a building behind the former Rapid hardware store.

The fire service said no-one was inside the two-storey building.

It added that asbestos may have fallen from the roof but said it was contained at the scene and will not cause any threat to the public.

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Eight fire engines were tackling the fire at its height

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) have also been dealing with a major fire throughout the night at a tyre warehouse on Park Lane West, Netherton, Sefton.

Thousands of burning tyres inside the building have caused huge plumes of smoke and people living nearby are being advised to to keep their windows and doors closed.

Eight fire engines were tackling the fire at its height.

MFRS said there was a multi-agency meeting about the possibility of asbestos but said there does not appear to be any.

It added an investigation into the cause was under way.

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