Huge ‘wall of fire’ rips through marshlands near Liverpool forcing police to evacuate homes

A huge ‘wall of fire’ is tearing through marshland in Liverpool, forcing dozens of people to be evacuated from their homes. 

Video footage from the scene in Parkgate, in the Wirral, shows thick plumes of smoke bellowing into the air as the wind blows the flames closer to properties.

The raging inferno is visible from Flint in North Wales and is now feared to have been started deliberately. A fire investigator has been called to the scene. 

Police have already begun evacuating homes near The Parade while firefighters work to protect buildings.   

In video footage shared on Twitter, the blaze can be seen encroaching on someone’s back garden. 

The area of Parkgate is on the River Dee and is adjacent to around 100sqkm of marshland – which is home to nature reserve, sparking fears of a devastating ecological impact. 

Eyewitness Peter Guy told the Liverpool Echo: ‘We’d just been eating a fish and chips enjoying the sunset when we turned around and saw a small fire about 300 yards away.

The raging inferno is visible from Flint in North Wales and is now feared to have been started deliberately. A fire investigator has been called to the scene.

The raging inferno is visible from Flint in North Wales and is now feared to have been started deliberately. A fire investigator has been called to the scene.

Police have already begun evacuating homes near The Parade while firefighters work to protect buildings. (Pictured: Two locals walking their dog watch on in horror)

Police have already begun evacuating homes near The Parade while firefighters work to protect buildings. (Pictured: Two locals walking their dog watch on in horror)

In video footage shared on Twitter, the blaze can be seen encroaching on someone's back garden (pictured)

In video footage shared on Twitter, the blaze can be seen encroaching on someone’s back garden (pictured) 

‘Within seconds it billowed into a huge wall of fire which ripped through the marshland – it was scary and spectacular all at the same time.’

‘I’m sure lots of wildlife will have been affected or destroyed.’

Members of the public are being urged to steer clear of the blaze while police have cordoned off a large.  

At least six fire engines were sent to the scene, including two from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

The inferno already covers around 500 square metres but is believed to be spreading rapidly. 

Locals fear the fire could have devastating ecological impact, given the marshland is home to an RSPB nature reserve. 

It is home to thousands of wildfowl and wading birds in the winter.   

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