Fire breaks out in supermarket

Tesco Express, Whiteladies Road, Bristol

Firefighters spent considerable time digging out sections of a shop roof after fire broke out in the store.

The alarm was raised before the shop was open for business and a small number of staff who had arrived for work managed to get out of the building before crews arrived on the scene.

It appears the fire broke out in an office room at the rear of  the store and when crews arrived on the scene they discovered the fire had also spread to the space between the ceiling and roof.

Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were initially sent in to the building and tackled the fire using a high pressure hose reel. However, as the fire was also in the roof void, they were withdrawn from the building as crews set to work on cutting away sections of the roof.

AF&RS’s Urban Search and Rescue Team, which carry specialist cutting equipment, were also deployed to the incident to help cut through the thick sections of roof and expose the hot spots.

Residents of nearby flats were evacuated as a precaution during the incident.

The fire, which badly damaged the store, is thought to have been caused by an electrical fault.