Crews provide reassurance to residents as investigation into Carolina House fire continues

Carolina HouseAn investigation is continuing into a fire which claimed the life of a man in Bristol.

On Saturday (6 September) crews were called to a well-developed fire in a seventh floor flat at Carolina House, Dove Street, Kingsdown. During a search of the property firefighters found a man who was pronounced dead at the scene. The man has not yet been named.

During the incident residents were evacuated from their homes as crews worked to prevent the fire from spreading to other parts of the building.

Today firefighters will be returning to Carolina House to provide fire safety advice and reassurance to residents.

Group Manager Harry Awramenko said: “Saturday’s incident was tragic and our thoughts are with all those who knew the gentleman who lost his life. Our focus is now is on conducting a thorough investigation which will look at many factors in order to understand how the fire started and to provide assistance to the other residents of Carolina House.

“Saturday’s fire would have been a particularly frightening experience for anyone who was in the flats at the time. Many will have questions about their own fire safety which is why our crews will be returning today to provide advice and reassurance.

“Fires in high rise blocks do present unique challenges but the early actions fire crews took on Saturday were instrumental in preventing this serious fire from spreading beyond one flat, putting further lives at risk.”

Although the cause of the fire is still being investigated, Avon Fire & Rescue Service says the incident serves as a reminder for everyone to check their own fire safety arrangements.

Mr Awramenko added: “The number of people who lose their lives in house fires is reducing, but this incident is a stark reminder to us all to take steps to reduce risks in our own homes. The most important piece of advice we would offer is to install and check smoke alarms on a regular basis. These provide early warning of a fire providing vital extra seconds to escape.”

Avon Fire & Rescue Service provides free Home Fire Safety Visits to local people during which crews will visit homes to provide advice and education on fire safety and fit free smoke alarms if required.

Mr Awramenko added: “The Home Fire Safety Visit service is completely free and is open to anyone who would like a bit more advice on fire safety in their home. Visits can be booked online or by calling 0117 926 2061.”