RESIDENTS were told to stay indoors and keep their windows shut after a fire broke out at a disused factory in Merseyside today.
Fire officers were telling people to go inside in case they breathed in smoke that was coming from the burning building on Musker Street in Crosby.
Mother-of-two Lindsey Rowley who saw the fire at its height said she saw a "black cloud" over the factory which residents said had once been used to make Chinese foods for supermarkets.
She said: "We looked out of the window at around 2pm and saw it. The smoke was unbelievable. A big black cloud of smoke and loads of it."
Police threw a cordon across the road which was being manned by uniformed officers to prevent anyone going down Musker Street.
Residents in nearby streets of Staley Avenue, Endbutt Lane, Kershaw Avenue and Brownmoor Lane were also being asked to stay inside for their own safety.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue crews were called out to the factory unit which measures around 50m by 50m at 2.30pm on Sunday (March 11).
Officers said there were three crews on site along with support appliances. Firefighters were still tackling the blaze into the afternoon.
They said the cause of the fire is not yet known but were able to confirm that there had been "no injuries reported".
A Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson, said: “We are currently on site dealing with the fire and we are asking residents in those four surrounding roads to keep windows closed as a precautionary measure to prevent the ingress of fire smoke.”
The former factory where the fire is being tackled is situated near to the old Littlewoods site. Residents said in past times the area had once been a thriving industrial estate.