Hilbre Island remains closed for second day as cave fire continues to smoulder and emit toxic smoke

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Steve Williams

Rescue services have closed Hilbre island for a second day after a cave fire started on Friday night.

Emergency services raced to Hilbre Island on Friday 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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Toxic smoke continues to smoulder out of the cave today and visitors have been told to stay away.

Wirral Coastguard said on thier facebook page: “Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team have attended Hilbre Island again this morning with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service who have assessed the fire.

The fire that is burning within the cave continues to smoulder and emit toxic smoke.

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Given the remaining risk to members of the public, Hilbre Island will remain inaccessible throughout the day.

We would strongly urge members of the public to listen to advice that will be given today by RNLI Wirral Lifeguards and Wirral Community Patrol not to access the island.

The incident will be assessed again tomorrow morning and an update provided.

We would like to thank you for your patience and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

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