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Fire service pay tribute to female firefighter 20 years after her death

The Avon Fire and Rescue Service are paying tribute to firefighter Fleur Lombard today, on the 20th anniversary of her death.

The 21-year-old was killed in a supermarket fire in Staple Hill in Bristol in 1996.

Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

Fleur was the only female firefighter to die on duty in peacetime Britain.

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Serving and former staff will attend the ceremony where a wreath will be laid at her memorial, and a minute's silence will be held in her memory.

Chief Fire Officer Kevin Pearson explains the poignancy of the service.

On Thursday 4 February 1996 Avon Fire Brigade, as the organisation was then known, was called to reports of a serious fire in Leo’s supermarket in the Staple Hill area.

Tragically the fire claimed the life of 21 year-old Fleur, who at the time was one of only eight women employed by Avon Fire Brigade. Every year since Fleur’s death our staff mark the anniversary and there is no doubt in my mind that she will ever be forgotten.

– Kevin Pearson


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

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.

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