Bristol news Everything we know after 'suspicious' explosion at home in St Paul's MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Emergency services have been at the scene throughout the day

Bristol news Everything we know after 'suspicious' explosion at home in St Paul's MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Emergency services have been at the scene throughout the day

Bristol news  Everything we know after 'suspicious' explosion at home in St Paul's MetiNews.Com
08 April 2021 - 16:00

Breaking News ! Emergency services are continuing to investigate the cause behind an explosion at a house in St Pauls that is being treated as suspicious. The explosion was reported to emergency services around 2am this morning (April 8) at a residential property in St Nicholas' Road, with that route closed along with neighbouring Grosvenor Road while investigations were carried out. Police set up cordons on the affected streets throughout the morning, with fire services also initially present on the scene. Bristol City Council tweeted about the closure to warn people of possible delays in the area at around 8.30am. Residents living in nearby homes were evacuated as emergency services quelled the resulting fire and began investigations into the cause. Fire services left the scene later in the morning, but police have remained on the scene throughout the day, along with gas and electrical engineers. The scene on St Nicholas Rd in St Pauls in the early hours of Thursday morning (April 8) To get breaking news like this straight to your inbox, click here. A further statement from police confirmed there had not been any injuries reported and that the disturbance was being treated as suspicious. A statement from Avon and Somerset Police said: "Emergency services are currently dealing with an incident in St Pauls, Bristol. "Shortly after 2am this morning (Thursday 8 April), we received a call reporting an explosion at a residential property in the St Nicholas Road area. "Firefighters and paramedics were also called to the scene, and gas and electric engineers have also attended. "There have been no reported injuries at this time. People in a number of neighbouring properties were evacuated as a precaution. "An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the incident but at this early stage we are treating it as suspicious. "Road closures have been put in place in St Nicholas Road and at its junction with Grosvenor Road. A diversion route has been set up via Ashley Road but we’d please ask people to avoid the area at this time while emergency services are at the scene. "Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call 101 and give reference number 5221074539." 'The first thing I thought was that there was an earthquake' Tony Uthayeakumar lives with his wife and two daughters in St Nicholas Road, and recalled how they ran out onto the street just before 2am this morning (Thursday, April 8), barefoot and wearing only their nightwear in their rush to get to safety. He told Bristol Live: "I have never known a sound like that - it was a 'boom!' Like a petrol bomb. "The first thing I thought was that there was an earthquake.

. "My daughter came in and said there was a fire, after that I said to everyone 'get up!' "It [the house] was shaking, but I controlled my mind and body because if I shake, who will be responsible for my family? "I don't care for my life, I'm looking out for my daughters." Tony also said he rushed to the window just before he fled outside, and saw a man jumping through the garden and breaking down a fence panel, although he did not get a clear look at him. Area made safe and evacuated residents allowed to return Paul Brown, Wales and West Utilities gas emergency service manager for Bristol, said the area had been made safe and that some nearby residents had been allowed to return to their homes. He said: "We were called to reports of an explosion in the St Nicholas Road area of Bristol this morning (April 8) and immediately sent a team of engineers to the scene. "On arrival we found that a property had been damaged and emergency services were in control of the scene. As a precaution, the emergency services had evacuated nearby properties and closed St Nicholas Road. "We have made the area safe and some residents have been allowed to return to their homes. We are now supporting the emergency services to investigate the cause of the explosion. "If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night. "Before visiting, we'll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We'll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe." Emergency services working on a property on St Nicholas' Road, St Paul's Fire service says cause 'currently unknown' Avon Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed the cause of the explosion is still unknown. The service also confirmed the fire was extinguished at the scene, with crews from six different fire stations attending the scene. The statement said: "Crews from Avonmouth, Bedminster, Hicks Gate, Portishead, Temple and Southmead responded to reports of an explosion and house fire at 01.55 this morning (8 April) in St Pauls, Bristol. "We were joined at the scene by our Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team, including the attendance of our search and rescue dog to conduct a sweep of the building. "Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used hose reels and 45mm jets to extinguish the fire. "Police and paramedics were also present at the scene alongside gas and electric engineers. "The cause of the fire is currently unknown."

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