Friday, 5 Mar 2021

'Multiple casualties and several missing' after explosion at warehouse

A ‘large explosion’ has caused a number of casualties at a warehouse in Bristol.

The fire service, along with police and paramedics, rushed to the scene in Avonmouth this morning.

Witnesses described seeing ‘at least 10 ambulances’ racing down King Weston Lane shortly after 11am, BristolLive reports.

One, Jawad Burhan, took a photo showing a tank that had exploded after the blast.

He said there was a ‘helicopter looking for missing people’ and police had closed a nearby road leading up to the building, which he believed was a waste centre.

Mr Burhan added: ‘I heard the sound, I’m working beside the building in another warehouse. After ten minutes I saw the helicopter coming and the police.’

Another person said on social media: ‘The bang was so loud.’


Avon Fire and Rescue Service said there had been multiple casualties, while searches are ongoing for a number of people.

The service said: ‘We have been called to a large explosion at 11.22am in a warehouse in Avonmouth on Kings Weston Lane.

‘Crews from Avonmouth, Southmead, Yate, Patchway, Kingswood and Temple are currently attending. We can confirm there are multiple casualties on site.

‘We are joined by Avon and Somerset Police and the ambulance service on site.

‘The incident is ongoing.’

South Western Ambulance Service said it was ‘responding to a serious incident’, adding that crews ‘have attended with multiple resources alongside fire service and police personnel’.

Avon and Somerset Police said ‘officers are at the scene supporting response to this incident’.

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