Meols Drive was closed to traffic in the early hours of Wednesday, 7th December as fire crews attended to a major fire.
The fire broke out at Redcroft (pictured above), a significant private property that has been undergoing an extensive renovation programme. The blaze started just after 1.00am and could have been started by a lightning strike that occurred at around 1.15am.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue report that the height of the fire four appliances and an aerial fire unit were involved in tackling the blaze. At 9.30am two appliances were still on scene after relief fire crews were sent to the area. The main body of the fire was suppressed by 4.06am, with other pockets of fire further targeted by hoses.
Redcroft is an Edwardian property that overlooks the 18th green of Royal Liverpool Golf Club. The property was purchased by Mr Tim Ryan after being marketed for sale in spring 2009 and was previously the home of Dr Wakely and family (source). The property is not currently occupied.
Many Hoylake residents heard the very loud thunder and lightning strike at around 1.15am. Local RNLI member Ian Davies reports that various electrical items in his home have been damaged. Strong winds have again caused some localised damage; at least one of the lampost banners on Market Street has partially come away from fixings, the Christmas lights appear to have come loose and several homes have damaged fence panels and TV aerials.
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Additional fire photos including rear of property: