Whitby Road, Bristol, latest update

Currently appliances from Avon Fire & Rescue Service, including our High Volume Pump, remain on the scene at the British Oxygen Company site, on Whitby Road, in Bristol.

We would like to reassure members of the public and those businesses affected that every effort is being made to bring this incident to a safe conclusion, as swiftly as possible.

This is a complex incident involving a significant number of cylinders and Avon Fire & Rescue Service is following national procedures for fires involving acetylene.

We appreciate for members of the public, especially those who have been affected by this incident, it is extremely frustrating as from the outside there is very little to see.

But rest assured the operations we have been involved in are vital to public safety and to ensure as little disruption as possible.

Over the last few days we have been able to reduce the cordon around the incident and allow, where possible, business to return to normal.

This is a multi-agency operation and all those involved are working around the clock to bring this incident to a safe conclusion.

We appreciate the disruption caused to local businesses and road users, however public safety must remain our primary concern.