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Cordons reduced following Bristol fire but some will remain in place 'for the foreseeable future' police say

The building is still too unsafe to be accessed. Credit: Bedminster Fire Station

The cordons in place after a blaze at a Bristol industrial unit have been reduced to allow access to local businesses, but others are to remain in place 'for the foreseeable future' according to police.

Though surrounding streets are now open, Foundry Lane & Deep Pit Road remain closed as the building still isn't safe for a full investigation.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that a multi-agency meeting is taking place today (Wednesday 8 May) to decide whether the cordon can be reduced.

Emergency services were called to the huge fire off Foundry Lane in Speedwell on Friday 3 May.

Around 40 families had to evacuate their homes and local businesses still can't return to work.

Avon and Somerset Police are treating the fire as suspicious.

This was the aftermath of the blaze, which forced residents and local businesses to evacuate. Credit: Kingswood Fire Station

The force said investigations are continuing but because the unit is still unsafe, "access isn't currently possible".

Detective Inspector Roger Doxsey said:

We appreciate the impact this incident has had on local residents and businesses and we’re grateful for the understanding and patience they’ve shown so far. We’re working hard to understand what happened but due to the fact the building is unsafe, this may take some time.

– Detective Inspector Roger Doxsey, Avon and Somerset Police

The size of the cordon was reduced on Wednesday 8 May but some road closures still remain in place. Avon and Somerset Police thanked the public for their patience and stressed the cordons are in "the interests of public safety".

They continue to appeal for any witnesses who may have seen anything suspicious on the evening of the blaze.