A major incident has been declared amid fears a building could collapse after a large fire in Liverpool city centre.
Firefighters were called to a blaze on Fox Street at 2.18pm this afternoon and arrived to find a four-storey building measuring 100 metres by 50 metres “well alight”.
The building is showing signs of collapse and fire crews and police are evacuating buildings, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said.
At 4pm it was declared a major incident.
There are no reports of casualties, the fire service said.
A cordon is in place around the building and the wider area, and roads have been closed including Great Homer Street, Fox Street, Rose Place, Great Richmond Street, Richmond Brow, Netherfield Road South, Everton Brow and Prince Edwin Street.
The fire service is urging people to avoid the area and nearby residents and businesses to close windows and doors.
A statement on Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s website says: “Fire crews have been called to a large fire on Fox Street, Liverpool City Centre, L3.
“12 fire engines and two aerial appliances are in attendance. Crews were alerted at 2.18pm and on scene at 2.23pm.
“Crews arrived to find a four-storey building 100 metres x 50 metres well alight.
“The incident has been divided into sectors, with firefighters wearing breathing apparatus fighting the fire with main branch hoses.
“The building is showing signs of collapse and fire crews are evacuating buildings.
“The incident is ongoing. Please avoid the area. Residents and businesses nearby should close windows and doors.
“If you have an existing health condition, keep medicines nearby and if any ill effects occur dial NHS 111 for advice.”