A YMCA building has been evacuated after a fire broke out in a fourth floor flat.
Three people suffered smoke inhalation in the blaze at the Liverpool central city residential high rise.
They were treated at the scene by paramedics, emergency services said.
Four fire engines were called to the bulding at 5.11pm Saturday and arrived on scene four minutes later.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and began to fight the fire while people were evacuated, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Photos show residents wrapped in blankets standing outside the building alongside police officers and other emergency service workers.
One person was taken to hospital for further treatment.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was extinguished by 5.46pm but the fourth floor remained heavily smoke logged.
The fifth and sixth floor were also affected by the smoke but to a lesser extent.
A spokesperson from the fire service said: “Fire crews were called to a fire in a high rise building this evening at the YMCA building in Leeds Street L3.
“Crews were alerted at 5.11pm and on scene at 5.15pm after reports of a fire in a flat on the 4th floor.
“Four fire engines and a combined platform ladder were in attendance.
“Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and began to fight the fire as a roll call was taken and the building was being evacuated.
“The fire was extinguished by 5.46pm but the 4th floor remained heavily smoke logged, the 5th and 6th floor were also affected to a lesser extent by smoke and floors were ventilated using PPV fans and natural ventilation.
“Three people suffered the effects of smoke inhalation and were treated at the scene by North West Ambulance Service paramedics, one of these was taken to hospital for further treatment.
“Firefighters left the scene at 7.30pm.”
A spokesperson from Merseyside Police confirmed officers were also in attendance to assist with the incident.