Man dies and eight people are taken to hospital after fire ripped through top floor of tower block in Bristol
- Emergency services were called to Twinnell House in Easton early this morning
- It was reported a blaze had started in the 16th floor of the residential tower block
- Although it was ‘quickly extinguished’ one man has died and 11 people were hurt
A man has died and eight people have been taken to hospital after a fire ripped through the top floor of a Bristol tower block.
Emergency services were called to Twinnell House, in Easton, in the early hours of this morning after reports a blaze had broken out on the 16th floor of the residential building.
A total of 11 fire engines rushed to the scene shortly after 2.15am, and although the fire was ‘quickly extinguished’, a man was confirmed to have died.
Police say 11 other people were hurt in the incident, with eight of those taken to hospital – seven for treatment for smoke inhalation, and one for minor burns.
The other three people were treated by paramedics at the scene, while around 90 residents have been evacuated from the building.
Bristol City Council says it is providing welfare support to around 40 people at a rest centre at St Nicholas Of Tolentino RC Church in nearby Lawfords Gate.
The fire broke out on the top floor of Twinnell House (pictured) in Easton, Bristol, in the early hours of this morning
Although the blaze was put out quickly one man died and eight other people had to be taken to hospital
Avon Fire and Rescue Service says it sent 11 fire engines to the scene shortly after 2.15am this morning
Superintendent Tony Blatchford, of Avon and Somerset Police, said a full investigation into the incident would be carried out.
‘This is a tragic incident in which a man has lost his life,’ Supt Blatchford said.
‘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.
‘Enquiries into what happened have already begun and we will work closely with the fire service to fully understand what started the fire and how the man sadly died.
‘I’d like to thank those who have been evacuated from their homes for their co-operation and understanding and promise them all agencies are working hard to enable them to return home as quickly as possible.’
Willis Drive is closed while emergency services remain at the scene, with the cordon around the building expected to remain until it has been assessed to be safe.
Avon Fire and Rescue Service sent 11 fire engines to the scene, along with two turntable ladders and other specialist vehicles.
Dave Hodges, duty group commander for Avon Fire and Rescue Service, said: ‘On arrival crews were faced with a serious fire on the 16th floor and deployed crews wearing breathing apparatus to tackle the fire and assist residents.
‘The upper floors have been damaged by smoke and fire, and water damage has affected many flats on lower floors.
‘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.’
South Western Ambulance Service sent seven double-crewed ambulances, one rapid response vehicle, an operations officer, doctor and the Hazardous Area Response Team to the incident.
Around 90 people have been evacuated from the tower block, and Bristol City Council says it is supporting affected residents
Yassin Mohamud, Green councillor for Lawrence Hill, said he was ‘heartbroken’ by what had happened.
‘As a councillor, community member and a father, I am heartbroken by what has taken place at Twinnell House this morning,’ Cllr Mohamud said.
‘It is so sad to hear that one of the residents has lost his life in such tragic circumstances.’
A spokeswoman for Bristol City Council said affected residents were being supported and would be helped into emergency accommodation.
‘Our thoughts are with the family of the individual who has tragically lost their life in this incident,’ she said.
‘We’re grateful for the swift action of all emergency services and council officers involved to tackle this fire and support residents to the nearby place of safety.
‘Officers are currently supporting the efforts under way to assess the damage and understand how the fire started.
‘Residents affected by this tragic incident are being supported and those who require it will be helped into emergency accommodation while their homes remain inaccessible.’