An investigation is under way to establish the cause of a fire which destroyed a large part of an industrial unit in Netham Road, Redfield, yesterday.
Several nearby premises were evacuated as a precautionary measure including 23 residents from sheltered accommodation who were taken to a nearby care home.
Police and the fire service were called out shortly before 3am yesterday. Because of the nature and the size of the fire 10 fire engines and two turntable ladders attended. Crews used breathing apparatus and firefighting jets to bring the fire under control. There were no reports of any injuries.
Today the police said that investigators will now work to determine how the fire started but this may take some time as a structural engineer has inspected the building and it is at risk of collapse.
DI Simon Dewfall said: “A number of businesses operate out of the building and the impact this will have on them is not lost on us.
“Together with our fire service colleagues we’re working hard to understand what happened but unfortunately the building needs to be made safe before it can be forensically examined and searched, so this could take a while.
“A cordon will remain in place for at least the next few days while these actions and enquiries take place.
“We appreciate the disruption this may cause to business owners and I’m grateful for the understanding and patience they’ve shown so far.
“We’re keeping an open mind about the cause of the fire while we investigate and would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time fire started to contact us.”
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