Crews tackle fire at nightclub

Anchor Lane, Canons Marsh, Bristol

Firefighters have been called to deal with a fire at a Bristol nightclub.

The Avon Fire & Rescue Service Control room received multiple calls to the incident from members of the public in Millennium Square.

When crews arrived on the scene they found a fire on the balcony of the third floor of the building, an area used by staff to smoke.

Using the Aerial Rescue Pump (ARP), crews tackled the fire from the outside of the premises using a high pressure hose reel and a covering jet.

Crews also entered the premises to ensure the fire had not spread inside. As some smoke from the fire had spread under the door inside the premises, firefighters ventilated the building.

Fortunately only a small number of staff were inside at the time and when the fire alarm activated they all left the premises safely. No one was hurt.

It’s thought the fire started accidentally after a cigarette wasn’t fully extinguished after use. It smouldered for some time before catching fire, spreading to a nearby chair and then to the outside of the building.

The balcony area suffered smoke and fire damage, along with some of the tiles on the outside of the building. There was no damage to the club inside and it’s expected to open as usual tonight.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people about the importance of ensuring smoking materials are fully extinguished after use. A cigarette can smoulder away for a number of hours before igniting and causing widespread damage.