Crews tackle city centre fire

Small Street, Bristol

Crews from across the Service area were mobilised to reports of a fire on in the Guildhall on Small Street in the Centre of Bristol.

On arrival, firefighters found smoke issuing from the property and quickly scaled up the incident due to the nature and spread of the fire within the building.

Crews on the scene initially forced entry to the building and committed four firefighters in breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire.

Due to the structural stability of the building and extensive spread of fire, firefighters were withdrawn from the property for their own safety but continued to fight the fire from outside of the property using turntable ladders as water towers.

They also used specialist equipment such as the High Volume Pump, to ensure an adequate water supply is delivered to the scene, and the Command Unit for operational efficiency.

The fire spread across four floors and firefighters used three turntable ladders as water towers to extinguish the fire. 

Around 50 firefighters were on scene at its height, along with officers and a multi-agency response.

Several residents in the adjoining buildings were evacuated as a precautionary measure, and Bristol City Council assisted with their rehoming.

Police were also on scene and several roads were closed causing some disruption. 

The cause of the fire is currently unknown and fire investigation will take place tomorrow. 

Police are treating the incident as suspicious and are asking for anyone with information to call 101 quoting log 82.