Firefighters stopped a fire started deliberately in conifer trees spreading to homes and a shed containing rabbits.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 4.12pm to the fire in a collection of conifers near Essex Road in Birkdale on Wednesday September 5.

Crew Manager Andrew Insje, who is with Blue Watch based at Southport Community Fire Station and attended the call-out, said: “There were around 10 conifers which were around 12 feet high and they were well alight when we got there. It was a suspected deliberate ignition and these trees were near to homes and a shed which contained a number of rabbits.

“We managed to stop the flames from reaching the shed and the rabbits were saved along with stopping the flames from reaching any other property. Fires like this can pose a real risk to people and pets alike.”

The fire was extinguished by 4.37pm.

An appliance from Southport Community Fire Station attended the call-out.

The Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service control room received five calls about the fire.