Firefighters battle major blaze at Bristol University building undergoing £33 million refurbishment

At least seven fire engines battled to extinguish a major fire that broke out at Bristol University’s new maths building.

The blaze was first seen at around 5pm as smoke and flames were spotted pouring from a building near to Clifton Triangle on Saturday.

The fire started on the top floor of the university’s five-story Fry Building, and a number of study areas in and around the Wills Memorial building were evacuated, the university said.

No injuries have been reported, and the cause of the fire is unknown.

Images posted to social media show large flames and smoke billowing from the scene.

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

The fire broke out at the top floor of the university’s five-storey Fry Building (PA)

A spokesman said: “There have been no reports of any hazardous materials or any injuries. 

“We will continue to fight the fire, but it appears to be going very, very well.”

He said the fire does not appear to have spread to other floors in the building or to surrounding buildings, which were also unoccupied.

Flames and smoke were spotted billowing from the scene, which is close to the city’s Wills Memorial Building (PA)

The Grade II listed Fry Building is on the university’s campus between Woodland Road and University Road.

According to the university’s website it is undergoing a £33 million renovation to become the new school of mathematics.

After the fire broke out, the university tweeted: “We’re aware of an ongoing fire in our Fry Building, which is currently being refurbished. Everyone’s accounted for. More updates when we have them.”

A spokesman for the university said shortly before 8pm: “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 service said the cause of the fire is not yet known.

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