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Bristol church fire prompts asbestos fear

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Media captionA wide cordon has been placed around the area

Fire crews are tackling a large blaze at a disused church in Bristol.

The empty St Michael on the Mount Church on St. Michael's Hill caught fire at about 12:30 BST, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Crews from Avon Fire and Rescue are in attendance, and a wide cordon has been placed around the area over fears of asbestos in the roof of the property.

According to onlookers, the roof has now collapsed and about 35 firefighters and 15 fire engines are involved.

People living nearby have been asked to keep windows and doors closed.

The cause of the fire is not yet known and an investigation is expected to be opened.

St. Michael's Hill is closed from the junction with Upper Maudlin Street at the bottom to Royal Fort at the top, and diversions are in place.

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