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Premier Inn fire: Blaze at hotel near Cribbs Causeway

Hotel fire Image copyright BristolianJay
Image caption Fire and smoke engulfed the hotel

Up to 60 firefighters are tackling a blaze in the roof of a hotel on the outskirts of Bristol.

Avon Fire and Rescue were called to the Premier Inn, on Catbrain Hill, just after 13:15 BST, amid reports of smoke and explosions in the roof.

Operations would continue "for some time" after the fire spread quickly causing structural damage, it said.

The smoke can be seen from the nearby M5 and the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre.

A fire brigade spokesman said it was asking residents and businesses nearby to close doors and windows where possible.

"Operations will continue for some time as we get the fire under control," a fire brigade statement said.

"Staff have worked hard with our partner agencies to ensure the local community remains safe and the cordons will remain in place for public safety."

Image caption Up to 60 firefighters are at the scene of the blaze

Avon and Somerset Police warned of "significant delays" in the Cribbs Causeway area adding the force had declared a major incident.

"This is due to the level of resources required by emergency services at a time when they are already stretched following protest activities in Bristol city centre this week," a force spokesman said.

The A4018 Cribbs Causeway, which runs past the hotel, is closed in both directions between Clifton Rugby Club and Lysander Road.

Image caption The fire can be seen from the nearby M5 and the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre
Image copyright Avon Fire and Rescue Service
Image caption The fire spread quickly causing structural damage

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