Balcony fire triggers multiple 999 calls

Freemantle House, Dove Street, Kingsdown, Bristol

A fire on the balcony of a high-rise block of flats sparked numerous calls to the AF&RS 999 control room.

When crews arrived they could see smoke a flames pouring from the third floor.

Crews had to gain access to the flat in order to tackle the fire and two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus dealt with the fire using one high pressure hose reel and one jet.

The occupant, a man in his 20s, had been out at the time of the fire, and was unharmed. Much of the damage caused by fire and smoke was confined to the balcony, window and door leading into the flat, but the flat was not affected.

It’s thought the fire started accidentally, but the exact cause is not known.