AN emergency cordon was put in place after a gas pipe caught fire in Runcorn this afternoon, Wednesday.

Firefighters from Runcorn Fire Station rushed to Maple Avenue shortly before 4pm after receiving reports of a wheelie bin fire near a property.

On arrival, the crew found that the fire had spread to a nearby external gas supply pipe.

The fire was extinguished with water and the gas supply to the property was isolated.

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An evacuation of the home was ordered and a cordon was put in place as a precaution.

Once satisfied that the area was safe, firefighters handed the scene over to an engineer.