Fire at Bristol Premier Inn declared ‘major incident’

A fire which broke out at the Premier Inn Cribbs Causeway hotel in Bristol has been declared a “major incident” by Avon and Somerset Police.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS) were called to the property at 1.17pm yesterday (17 July), and on arrival, firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the building but were withdrawn due to the “extensive” fire that had spread quickly through the building and caused structural damage.

In a Twitter post the AFRS said crews “worked hard” with the resources available to control the fire and prevent it spreading to neighbouring businesses. The fire service also asked residents in the local area to keep their doors and windows closed due to the smoke from the incident.

AFRS was still in attendance in the early hours of this morning as it continued to tackle the blaze, using three turntable ladders to “deliver water to the incident”.

A statement by Avon and Somerset Police‏ read: “A major incident was declared shortly after 5pm, following the fire at the Premier Inn, Cribbs Causeway. This is due to the level of resources required by emergency services at a time when they are already stretched following protest activities in Bristol city centre this week.”


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