Gorilla damaged in fire

The Mall Gardens, Clifton, Bristol

One of Bristol’s famous gorilla sculptures has been damaged in a fire.

One fire engine from Temple Fire Station was called to incident after receiving a 999 call. When crews arrived a member of the public was using a fire extinguisher to attempt to tackle the blaze. Firefighters used a high pressure hose reel to put out the flames which caused extensive damage to the sculpture.

The fire involved rubbish and is believed to have been started deliberately.

The gorilla sculpture is one of 60 dotted around the city to mark the 175th anniversary of Bristol Zoo.