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Elderly woman rescued from River Avon with possible hypothermia

Rescuers used an inflatable raft to reach the woman. Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

A woman in her seventies has been rescued from the River Avon in Bristol.

Firefighters, police, paramedics and the RNLI joined forces this morning after reports of a woman at the Cumberland Basin.

Rescuers used an inflatable raft to paddle to the woman, who was found on a mudbank near Bedminster Bridge.

She was hospitalised with suspected hypothermia.

Church will be out of use for months after a fire

Fire crews at St Mary's Catholic Church in Julian Road Credit: ITV News

A Bath church will be out of action for months after being badly damaged in a fire.

More than 40 firefighters were called to St Mary's Catholic Church in Julian Road yesterday evening, 24 July. Investigators are examining CCTV to help find out how it started.

The fire was in the porch but much of the building and roof was affected by heat, water and smoke damage.

The diocese of Clifton promises that the 19th century building will be repaired but services will be held in the parish hall until somewhere more suitable can be found.

The church is badly damaged inside as well as out Credit: ITV News

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Fire crews bring church fire under control in Bath

The service received multiple calls reporting the fire. Credit: Avon Fire and Rescue Service

A fire at a church in Bath has been contained to a small section of the roof and is believed to be under control.

Crews are now working to remove roof tiles and damp down the scene but there have been no reports of any injuries.

Julian Road will remain closed and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

An investigation into the cause of the fire will take place later this evening.

Eight fire engines including a turntable ladder attended the scene. Credit: Avon Fire and Rescue Service

8 fire engines currently at the scene of church fire

Eight fire engines, including a turntable ladder are currently tackling a fire involving a church on Julian Road in Bath.

Four water jets are being used to bring the fire under control.

Firefighters have been working to fight the fire which is believed to involve the roof.

The incident is likely to cause disruption to traffic so motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Five fire engines tackling church fire on Julian Road

Five fire engines are currently tackling a fire at a church on Julian Road. Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

Five fire engines are reported to be tackling a fire at a church on Julian Road in Bath.

Crews from Bath, Kingswood and Brislington have been sent to the scene.

Firefighters are currently working to fight the fire which is believed to involve the roof space.

The incident is likely to cause disruption to traffic so motorists have been advised to avoid the area.

More updates to follow.

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Arson attack at Bristol adventure playground

The adventure playground in Southmead was engulfed by flames Credit: Roxanne Ross

A fire at a children's playground in Bristol was started deliberately, according to police.

The fire at The Ranch in Southmead broke out at around 9 o'clock last night.

The adventure playground in Doncaster Road, which has been open since 1955, was engulfed by flames.

Learning Partnership West, which manages the playground, said the community had been "robbed of a vital facility."

"I can only imagine how people in the area are feeling. The fire has robbed the area of an important facility, one which has given so much engagement and enjoyment over five decades."

– John Savage, Learning Partnership West

Firefighters rescue dog from frozen pond

Milo was rescued using an inflatable walkway Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

A dog has been rescued by firefighters in Bristol after it fell into an icy pond.

The springer spaniel was unable to get to safety after falling into the frozen pond at Eastwood Farm nature reserve in Broomhill.

The owner of two and a half year-old Milo called 999. He slipped through the ice and was in the water for around 25 minutes before he managed to climb up onto an island in the middle of the pond.

When firefighters arrived they used an inflatable walkway to reach the island. They were able to get a lead on to the dog and walked him back to safety. He was unhurt - just cold and wet.

Donkey rescued from neck-deep mud by fire crews

Geraldine pictured with her rescuers after the ordeal. Credit: Avon Fire and Rescue Service

A donkey has been rescued by three fire crews after she became trapped up to her neck in mud overnight. Firefighters arrived at a field in Clapton-in-Gordano, Bristol, to find only the donkey's head exposed above the earth.

They spent around two hours gradually pulling the 15-year-old animal, called Geraldine, from the mud. A spokesman for Avon Fire and Rescue Service said, "By the time crews left the scene she had returned to her stable to warm up and have something to eat."

Three fire crews spent around two hours pulling the donkey out from the mud. Credit: Avon Fire and Rescue Service
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