Somerset

Portishead police centre fire: Crane to lift collapsed roof

  • 6 September 2013
  • From the section Somerset
Scene of the fire on 28 August
Fire and police investigations cannot begin until the building is declared safe

Specialist lifting equipment is being brought in to remove a collapsed roof at a fire-hit police firearms training centre being built in Somerset.

Pockets of fire are still burning underneath 10 days after the blaze started at the £16m Black Rock centre.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service said once access had been gained the remaining fires could be finally extinguished.

Previously an anarchist group claimed responsibility for the blaze, which started early on 27 August.

A police spokesman said although its "inquiries were continuing" it was too early to "cause or responsibility".

The £16m training centre is to be used by the Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire police forces.

The facility, which will contain two indoor firing ranges as well as classrooms, had been due to open in January.

It is part of a private finance initiative deal, worth more than £100m, which will also involve police stations and other operational facilities being built in Patchway, Keynsham and Bridgwater.

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