Firefighters tackle large university blaze

Firefighters have tackled a large blaze in a building at the University of Bristol.

Avon Fire and Rescue say they have now extinguished the fire and that everyone has been accounted for.

The fire started on the top floor of the university’s five-storey Fry Building, which was unoccupied as it was undergoing a major refurbishment worth £33m.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service was called to the scene at just after 5pm and sent seven fire engines, along with two turntable ladders.

Shortly before 8pm on Saturday, a spokesman for the university said: “A fire broke out in our Fry Building at just after 5pm this evening.

“The building is currently undergoing refurbishment and was due to reopen in summer 2018.

“Everyone has been accounted for and Avon Fire and Rescue have informed us that they have now extinguished the fire.

“We will be working with Avon Fire and Rescue in the coming days to help investigate the cause of the blaze.”

The fire did not appear to have spread to other floors or surrounding buildings, which were also unoccupied.

Images posted to social media show large flames and smoke billowing from the scene, close to the city’s Wills Memorial Building.

“The fire is in what’s called the Fry Building, which is our maths building,” Bristol University head of media Will Marsh said.

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“It is undergoing renovation, so it was closed. It is not a building currently in use so it would not have had anybody in
it.”

Bristol University said the Wills Memorial library would be closed on Sunday but they expect business as usual on Monday.