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Premier Inn Bristol fire is put out after 48 hours

Drone photo of hotel Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption A photo from a police drone shows the damaged shell of the Premier Inn at Cribbs Causeway, near Bristol

A fire which ravaged a hotel, causing it to partially collapse on to a dual carriageway, has been put out nearly 48 hours after it started.

One side of the Premier Inn fell on the A4018 Cribbs Causeway, near Bristol, on Wednesday night closing the road.

Avon Fire and Rescue said they are reducing the number of crews at the scene to two, and aiming to return the area to normal.

Work continues to make the hotel safe to enter.

The fire service said there had been "no further significant collapse overnight" but the road would "remain closed for the foreseeable future".

Fire chiefs said the "unstable nature of the building" meant "crews still can't access the building".

The blaze, which completely destroyed the building, started at about 13:15 BST on Wednesday.

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Media captionParts of the Premier Inn near Bristol collapsed during the fire
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Image caption Further parts of the Premier Inn fell on to the A4018 Cribbs Causeway, near Bristol on Wednesday night

Simon Hatch, from Avon Fire and Rescue, said: "We're getting as much of the road network open as possible but the main dual carriageway outside the front of the building, it's not safe to open.

"We are looking closely at what we can do to minimise the impact and get roads open as soon as we can."

He said crews still "can't access the building" due to its "unstable nature" but fire investigators were on site and "working closely with police colleagues".

Fire officials confirmed on Thursday that all the guests staying at the hotel when the blaze broke out had been accounted for.

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Media captionThe blaze started at about 13:15 BST on Wednesday
Image caption The fire could be seen from the nearby M5 and the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre

Smoke from the blaze led to warnings from the fire service on Wednesday night about visibility problems on the M5.

Local residents were also told to keep doors and windows shut because of smoke.

The fire service said there was now "minimal smoke in the area" and rain was "clearing the air".

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Media captionThe roof of the hotel collapsing during the blaze

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