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Fire breaks out close to iconic Bristol University building

Fire breaks out close to iconic Bristol University building

A fire has torn through a building undergoing a £33m refurbishment at the University of Bristol.

An investigation is under way to discover the cause of a fire that engulfed one of the University of Bristol's most historic buildings.

The Fry Building formerly housed the University's School of Biological Sciences until 2014 and is on a triangular site between Woodland Road and University Road with the Wills Memorial Tower to the south.

"The building is now undergoing refurbishment and was due to reopen in summer 2018".

Seven fire engines were sent to the scene and the blaze was extinguished the fire shortly before 8pm on Saturday.

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Avon Fire and Rescue confirmed that several study areas were evacuated and everyone on the campus has been accounted for. We also have six pumping appliances to assist in control of the fire. Building being totally refurbished for Maths. "Crews continuing to extinguish fire".

Locals have been warned to avoid a number of nearby roads, including Park Street, Park Row and Whiteladies Road.

Bristol University said the Wills Memorial library would be closed on Sunday but they expect business as usual on Monday.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.