Firefighters were called to a report of a fire in a furniture store on Hoole Road in Chester this afternoon.
UPDATE 9:30pm Police have said the road is now fully open again.
UPDATE 7:53pm It appears emergency services are packing away and road due to reopen soon.
When they arrived crews confirmed there was a fire in the store room. Firefighters are currently using two breathing apparatus, one hose reel and one covering jet to fight the fire.
Two fire engines from Chester and two from Ellesmere Port, Plus the Hydraulic Platform are attending.
The road has been closed so please avoid the area as crews are likely to be there for sometime.
Official traffic information update reads: “A56 Hoole Way both ways closed, slow traffic due to building fire between Francis Street / Black Diamond Street and Lightfoot Street / Ermine Road. One of the buildings where the Honda showroom used to be is on fire with several fire engines on the scene. It will affect traffic heading between Chester City Centre and the M53 but alternative routes are moving well.”
— ShitChester (@ShitChester) June 19, 2016
— Grant (@granthewlett) June 19, 2016
Cheshire Police dealing with a fire on Hoole Road Chester – Road closed jn Ermine road and the other traffic lights, jnt of Black Diamond st
— Cheshire Police (@cheshirepolice) June 19, 2016
— Dee106.3 (@Dee1063) June 19, 2016
— Francis (@Cureton1690) June 19, 2016
— Lauren (@_loggs_) June 19, 2016
(Top pic as embedded – from @ShitChester !)