Cordon set up following fire

Frenchay Park Road, Bristol

A road was closed and several homes evacuated after a van containing an acetylene cylinders caught fire.

Fire crews from Temple Fire Station were called to the incident and used a jet to put out the fire. As the van contained a small acetylene cylinder firefighters set up an unmanned hose to cool it down. Acetylene is used for welding, but if the cylinders are heated there is a risk of them exploding.

As a precaution a 100 metre exclusion zone was put in place. Six people were evacuated from three homes; others living nearby were asked to stay in doors while the cooling took place. Begbrook Lane was also closed as a precaution.

Crews remained on scene, using a thermal imaging camera to check the heat of the cylinder during the cooling process. The cause of the fire was accidental.