Inquest into Patchway fire which 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 has broken out in an industrial estate in Patchway, damaging several vehicles.

Avon and Somerset Fire and Rescue was first alerted to reports of a fire at a retail shop 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 service spokesman confirmed this morning that the cause of the fire is being ruled accidental. It is not known how many vehicles were damaged, but .

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An eyewitness told BristolLive they saw at least seven vehicles engulfed in flames. They said: “Seven to 10 cars and vans on fire.”

While firefighters tackled the blaze, officers from Avon and Somerset Police assisted with local road closures. The emergency response caused major traffic delays in the city until roads were closed at 12.55pm.

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

“On arrival firefighters found several vehicles well alight and used three high pressure hose reels and three 45mm jets to extinguish the flames. Thermal cameras were used to check and extinguish any remaining hot spots.