More than 20 firefighters throughout the city of Bristol were sent to an abandoned boathouse in Redcliffe Way, Bristol city centre, where a fire breakout was reported just before midday on the 21st of October. Residents and workers in the area have reported having difficulty breathing due to the thick plumes of smoke rising from the boathouse.
According to The Bristol Post, the derelict boathouse is believed to be used as a homeless squat.
Thick black smoke could be seen rising and billowing throughout the city centre. The crew called to the site to tackle the inferno came with four engines and a boat. Although the cause of the fire is not yet confirmed, it is believed to have started by accident.
A spokesperson from Avon Fire and Rescue stated that they received a call shortly before midday, reporting a fire outbreak in the derelict structure next to the Redcliffe Bridge. The crew arrived at the scene to find a developed fire within the building. He also stated that the case is being treated as “persons reported” since there may have been squatters or deep sleepers inside the building as the fire raged.
According to reports, fire crews tried controlling the fire from above by drawing up water from the harbour.