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Fire above historic Jollys department store in Bath

The aerial ladder was brought in to tackle the fire in the four storey building Credit: Katie Whiting

Firefighters have been tackling a fire at an historic department store in Bath.

Seven fire engines, a turntable ladder and command vehicles were called to Jollys in Milsom Street this afternoon, Thursday 20 October.

The store was evacuated before crews arrived and firefighters in breathing apparatus also helped five people from the flats to safety.

The fire was found to have started in a communal stairwell serving the residential accommodation, but was believed to have been extinguished by a sprinkler system. It meant smoke filled the stairwell and firefighters worked to ventilate the building.

It has been confirmed that the fire is now out.

The fire brought the city centre to a standstill Credit: Katie Whiting

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Family 'devastated' by burglary

A family has been left devastated after thieves targeted their late father's home in Bath.

Police have issued CCTV of two people they'd like to speak to in connection with the break-in in Larkhall.

It's thought to have happened around 5.30pm on Monday 10 October but was discovered on Wednesday when the family visited the home.

My father died in 2015 but I hadn’t had the heart to clear it out, take the pictures down and close it up.

It was our family home. We are devastated by this – although we don’t think anything of great value has been stolen, these are items of huge sentimental importance.

The heartlessness of it, leaving things in our family home broken, is so upsetting. We will of course now be clearing the house.

– Home owner
Can you identify these two men? Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Family devastated after break-in

Can you identify these men? Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police have issued CCTV images of two people they'd like to speak to in connection with a break-in at a house in Larkhall in Bath.

It is thought to have happened at around 5.30pm on Monday 10 October but was discovered on Wednesday when the family visited the home - which belonged to their late father.

My father died in 2015 but I hadn’t had the heart to clear it out, take the pictures down and close it up.

It was our family home. We are devastated by this – although we don’t think anything of great value has been stolen, these are items of huge sentimental importance.

The heartlessness of it, leaving things in our family home broken, is so upsetting. We will of course now be clearing the house.

– House owner
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