Inquest into Patchway fire that destroyed vehicles reaches verdict

A fire which damaged a number of vehicles in Bristol yesterday (May 13) is believed to have been caused by “accidental ignition”. A large fire broke out in an industrial area of ​​Patchway, damaging several vehicles.

Avon and Somerset Fire and Rescue were first alerted to a fire at a retail business on Gloucester Road at 10.15am. When crews arrived, they found several vehicles “well alight” and firefighters battled the blaze for several hours.

A fire department spokesperson confirmed this morning that the cause of the fire was believed to be accidental. It’s unclear how many vehicles were damaged, but .

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An eyewitness told BristolLive he saw at least seven vehicles engulfed in the fire. They said: “Seven to ten cars and vans caught fire.”

As firefighters battled the blaze, officers from Avon and Somerset Police helped to close local roads. The emergency response caused significant traffic delays in the city until road closures were lifted at 12:55 p.m.

A statement from the fire service said: “Crews from Patchway, Southmead, Temple, Thornbury and Yate were called at 10.15am to reports of a fire at a retail business near Gloucester Road, Patchway.

“Upon arrival, firefighters found several vehicles well alight and used three high pressure hose reels and three 45mm jets to extinguish the fire. Thermal imaging cameras were used to search for and extinguish remaining hot spots.