Student Accommodation Fire in Bristol
Bristol student accommodation fire was accidental
Following a thorough investigation into the cause of a fire in student accommodation in Colston Street, Bristol, on Monday 12 October 2015, Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) confirm the fire started accidentally.
Firefighters were called at 13.03hrs to reports of a serious fire. On arrival crews found the blaze affecting the fifth floor and roof space of the building.
At the height of the fire more than 40 firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control using two turntable ladders and a number of other appliances and equipment.
An investigation into the cause of the fire determined that the fire started accidentally after a pan of oil was left unattended in a kitchen area.
Bristol Fire Station Manager Steve Quinton stated:
"Whilst this was undoubtedly a dramatic and extremely traumatic incident for those involved and affected, thankfully no one was injured. The alarms activated allowing all the students inside to safely evacuate and staff to follow their well-managed fire evacuation plan. Although the building was badly damaged the presence of the alarms undoubtedly saved lives that day".
Lynn Robinson, Deputy Registrar at The University of Bristol statement:
"Our overriding concern was for the safety of our students and we’re very thankful that no one was injured. We were able to rehouse everyone quickly and continue to support them after what was undoubtedly a traumatic experience".
Source: Avon Fire & Rescue Service - CLICK HERE - for the full report.
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