We The Curious fire: “Solar panels” were the cause of the fire, according to a firefighter

A firefighter at the scene of this afternoon’s blaze in Millennium Square has revealed its source. Station manager Jason Edwards said when firefighters arrived earlier in the day (Saturday April 9) they found flames coming from solar panels on the roof.

The blaze was brought under control with jets, with firefighters using cranes to direct water onto the flames, and part of the roof was damaged, Mr Edwards said. He described the situation to Bristol Live’s JJ Donoghue.

“So earlier today we were called to a fire in the building behind me. When we arrived we found the flames coming from the solar panels on the roof.

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“It then affected part of the roof until then we were able to establish a water supply and crews to put out the fire. We did what we did and now the fire is out, and we will be able to reopen the road in the next hour or so.

Just after 2.30pm the fire alarm sounded in Millennium Square and dramatic photos show smoke billowing into the sky behind the Ferris wheel at the fairgrounds. Flames were visible on the roof of the science center.

Firefighters were seen entering the building from the rear, during which time staff and police were leading the public to the Pero Bridge. Fire crews were later spotted battling the fire from above, using cranes.

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