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Bristol Premier Inn: Fire at hotel near Cribbs Causeway

Bristol Premier Inn: Fire at hotel near Cribbs Causeway

The front of the Premier Inn has fallen on to the A4018 Cribbs Causeway, Bristol
A huge blaze has caused part of a hotel near the M5 to collapse on to a major A-road.The front of the Premier Inn has fallen on to the A4018 Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, as fire crews spent the night tackling flames.Smoke from the blaze led to warnings from the fire service during the night about visibility problems on the M5.Local residents have been warned to keep doors and windows shut because of smoke plumes from the site.Footage released by Avon and Somerset Fire Service showed the moment two sides of the hotel collapsed.
Bristol Premier Inn: Fire at hotel near Cribbs Causeway

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The Premier Inn on the outskirts of Bristol caught fire on Wednesday afternoon
Three crews remain at the scene of the blaze, which started at about 13:15 BST on Wednesday.They were called initially to reports of smoke being seen from the roof and the sound of explosions.Fire officials said they felt "confident" no-one was in the hotel when the blaze broke out but were trying to identify everyone who had booked a room.
'Bangs and crashes'
Laura Evans Hughes, who lives nearby, said she returned home on Wednesday evening to find she could not get to her house."I literally had to abandon my car, and I had to be police escorted to my house," she said."All last night I've been hearing bangs and crashes - I've just had to walk to my car now and the roof's still on fire."She added the smoke was "thick and foggy" near her home in Catbrain Hill.During the night the fire service said the blaze had spread, causing more smoke.
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The A4018 Cribbs Causeway remains shut in both directions between Clifton Rugby Club and Lysander Road.Road closures have led to traffic problems and long delays in the Filton and Southmead areas, and have been exacerbated by a protest being carried out by the Extinction Rebellion group at the nearby MoD site.
The fire can be seen from the nearby M5 and the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre
North Bristol NHS Trust tweeted that the ring road around Filton was gridlocked and advised patients and staff at Southmead Hospital to allow extra time for their journeys.Buses heading towards Cribbs Causeway are stopping at Henbury, with First West of England providing shuttle buses to get people to their destinations via Avonmouth and the M5. The Mall shopping centre, which is two miles from the scene of the fire, is still open. Motorists can access it from junction 17 of the M5.But other local businesses are closed. The Dick Lovett BMW showroom is diverting all telephone inquires to other offices and said it was awaiting instructions about reopening from the emergency services.
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