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Large fire at South Bristol Sports Centre

Firefighters are on the scene in Brislington Credit: Sonia Coole

A large fire has broken out at the South Bristol Sports Centre, Hengrove, Bristol.

Fire services say around 40 firefighters from nine fire engines are currently at the scene working to bring the fire under control.

The fire is involving the first floor and the roof of the building. Firefighters are using hose reels and jets to tackle the fire; the turntable ladder is also being used to provide water from above.

– Avon Fire and Rescue

Firefighters are advising members of the public to avoid the area and say those living nearby should keep doors and windows closed as a precaution.

The fire is still alight at the Imperial Atheltic Ground Credit: Sonia Coole

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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
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