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A huge fire has engulfed 100 tonnes of rubbish at a scrapyard in Liverpool with smoke seen billowing from the scene.

The thick black plumes can be seen across Merseyside with residents being told to shut their windows and doors to protect them from the smoke.

The blaze started in Regent Road, Kirkdale, Liverpool, shortly after 3.30pm today – and locals have described how it has turned the sky "black with smoke".

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said around 100 tonnes of "waste metal product" is on fire, the Liverpool Echo reports.

A resident living nearby to the fire told the Echo: "It is the recycling plant on Derby Road, smoke is horrendous and the smell is awful."

The huge fire has engulfed tonnes of rubbish at a scrapyard
(Image: Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo)

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Eight fire engines are now at the scene of the fire along with an aerial appliance and a high volume pump.

A spokesman for the fire service said: "Firefighters are currently in attendance at a fire at a scrapyard on Regent Road, Kirkdale.

"Crews were alerted at 3.35pm and on scene at 3.41pm.

Firefighters are battling the blaze in Kirkdale, Liverpool
(Image: Liverpool Echo WS)

Thick clouds of smoke are billowing from the scene
(Image: Jenny Edwards/Twitter)

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"On arrival crews found a large fire involving approx 100 tonnes of product.

"The incident has been sectorised.

"There is a large quantity of smoke in the area and nearby residents are advised to keep windows and doors closed.

The black plumes are visible across Merseyside
(Image: Andrew Teebay Liverpool Echo)

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"Anyone with existing medical conditions should keep medicines nearby and call NHS 111 if ill effects occur.

"The incident is ongoing."

In their latest update, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said: "There are not currently thought to be any casualties or injuries in relation to this incident."