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Bristol church fire: investigations begin into blaze that destroyed a third of building's roof

The fire at St Michael on the Mount church destroyed about a third of its roof. Credit: Sophie Spray

A Grade II-listed church in Bristol that was left severely damaged after a fire this weekend is now structurally safe, emergency services say.

More than thirty five fire fighters were deployed to the blaze on St Michael's Hill yesterday.

The fire started at St Michael on the Mount Without and the road remains closed because of the risk of falling debris.

Avon Fire and Rescue has released video footage of the damage done by the fire which they say destroyed about a third of the church's roof.

Investigations are continuing at the site to find out the exact cause of the fire but police say it isn't yet clear how it started.

The disused church was believed to be occupied by squatters.

The damage to the roof of St Michael on the Mount Without. Credit: Avon Fire and Rescue

Avon & Somerset Police say they are working with Avon Fire and Rescue to establish what caused the fire. A spokesperson said:

While the cause remains under investigation, we'd like to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area of the church, particularly in the hours leading up to the fire."

– Avon & Somerset Police spokesperson