Risk of cave collapse on Hilbre island after fire

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Steve Williams

Hilbre Island remains closed today after a cave fire that could lead to a collapse on the Island.

Emergency services raced to Hilbre Island last night after smoke was spotted pouring out of a cave.

Building materials are thought to have caught fire inside the cave and police, coastguard and fire services were on scene by 7:30pm.

The island was evacuated as fumes and smoke from the flames covered the island, which could be seen from many parts of the Wirral.

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Merseyside fire and Rescue service have said that the Island will remain closed today due to risk of a ‘cave overhang collapse’.

MFRS said: “Exclusion zone remains around island area involved- barriers are being placed to prevent access as risk of cave overhang collapse.

“Please do not approach the island for your safety. The RNLI, Police & Coastguard are in attendance.”

The incident will be re-assessed again tomorrow morning and an update will be posted on Wirral Coastguards social media.

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