Man dead and eight in hospital after fire rips through tower block

Man dead and eight in hospital after fire rips through tower block

A TOWER block blaze has left one dead and eight in hospital as it ripped through the residential building.

Cops confirmed the death of one man, who had been trapped on the 16th floor by the rapidly spreading flames, while 90 residents were successfully evacuated.

The fire ripped through the block in the early hours of this morning
The fire ripped through the block in the early hours of this morningCredit: SWNS
It left one dead and eight in hospital
It left one dead and eight in hospitalCredit: SWNS

Emergency services rushed to the scene in the early hours of this morning in response to reports of a fire on the top floor of the apartment building in Bristol.

The building was evacuated and a rest centre set up in a nearby church.

Eight people were taken to hospital after being caught in the inferno.

Seven were treated for smoke inhalation, while the other suffered minor burns.

Three others were treated by paramedics at the scene, but did not need to be hospitalised.

They were, however, the lucky ones, as rescue crews were unable to save the man who sadly perished in the fire.

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He has not yet been formally identified, but cops believe they know who he was.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: “The fire was quickly extinguished however sadly, we can confirm one person died in the incident.

“Around 90 residents have been evacuated and a rest centre set up at St. Nicholas Of Tolentino RC Church, Lawfords Gate, where Bristol City Council is currently providing welfare support to around 40 people.”

The fire caused severe damage to the top of the building, while some of the lower floors suffered water damage as the fire was put out.

A full investigation will be carried out over the coming weeks.

Superintendent Tony Blatchford called the ordeal “a tragic incident”.

He added: “While formal identification has not yet been carried out, we believe we know who the man is and have informed his next of kin. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”

Meanwhile, Dave Hodges from Avon Fire and Rescue Service said: “The fire has now been contained and fire crews remain in attendance making the scene safe. We are working with our partner agencies to support the local community during this difficult time.

“Our sincere condolences go to the friends and family of the deceased.”

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Bristol City Council also released a statement, offering their condolences to the family of the man who died and thanking emergency services for their swift response.

It concluded: “Residents affected by this tragic incident are being supported and those who require it will be helped into emergency accommodation whilst their homes remain inaccessible.”

A further 90 residents were successfully evacuated from the building to a nearby church
A further 90 residents were successfully evacuated from the building to a nearby churchCredit: SWNS
Fire crews remain at the scene to make the building safe
Fire crews remain at the scene to make the building safeCredit: SWNS

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