Here’s everything we now know about the Fry Building fire

Following Saturday’s blaze


An investigation launched by Avon Fire & Rescue Service into Saturday's fire at Bristol University’s Fry Building has concluded the blaze was started accidentally.

The fire broke out at around 5.20pm, lasting until it was put out nearly three hours later at 8pm. Firefighters from Avon Fire & Rescue Service continued to dampen the blaze into the night.

At the height of the incident crews from seven fire engines, two turntable ladders and support vehicles worked to tackle the fire on the top floor of the five storey Fry Building.

According to Avon Fire Service, "the fire caused extensive damage to the fifth floor and roof but firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading elsewhere in the building".

The Grade II listed Fry Building had been undergoing £33 million of refurbishment, and was due to open as a new centre for Mathematics students in Spring 2018.

Steve Quinton from Avon Fire & Rescue Service has released the following statement: "We know that refurbishment works were being carried out in the roof on Saturday afternoon which we believe has led to the accidental fire starting."

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Spectators watched as emergency services fought the blaze

He continued: "The extent of the damage at Fry Building means we will never be able to identify exactly where the fire started but we are satisfied it started accidentally as a result of the works taking place that day."

There have not been reports of people being injured by the fire. However, the incident affected students who had left their revision notes when they were evacuated from Wills Memorial Library, which is adjacent to the Fry Building.

Quinton has thanked members of the Avon Fire & Rescue Service: "Although the damage was extensive I’d like to recognise our Fire Control staff and firefighters whose actions certainly prevented more damage.

"I would also like to recognise the assistance we received on the night from the police and ambulance services, Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol and the many members of the public who sent us messages of support."

Wills Memorial Library was re-opened on Monday. The University has suggested that any students whose exam preparation was affected by the fire should contact their schools regarding extenuating circumstances.