60 firefighters risk lives to tackle Strachan and Henshaw blaze

January 29 2019
60 firefighters risk lives to tackle Strachan and Henshaw blaze

THESE photos show the devastation caused after a fire broke out in the Strachan and Henshaw building in Speedwell.

The pictures of the wreckage were put on Twitter by Kingswood Fire Station following the blaze on New Year's Eve to show the "challenging and dangerous" conditions officers were working in.

"The daylight hours and no smoke shows the true extent of how challenging and dangerous the conditions were for all those involved," firefighters tweeted

Firefighters from 14 stations, including ones as far afield as Clevedon and Radstock, attended the incident at the nine-floor tower block in Foundry Lane at around 3.50pm.

More than 60 firefighters worked into the night to control the fire. Police cordoned off nearby roads and advised people to stay away from the area.

Black smoke was seen billowing from the building with reports of small explosions from the building.

Firefighters from Kingswood returned on January 1 to make sure the building was safe and continue their investigation.

The building includes a number of multi-use industrial units and is well known locally for hosting a swingers club called The Office.

Police seized cannabis plants and equipment from the building, although they are not said to be related to the cause of the fire and were found in a different part of the building.

A spokesperson from Avon Fire and Rescue Service said: "At 3.48pm multiple crews from across the service area were called to a fire in a nine-floor tower block used as a commercial and residential property. 

"The cause is thought to be accidental."

An Avon and Somerset police spokesperson said: "We were called to reports of a fire on the seventh floor of a flat block in Foundry Lane at about 4pm.

"This is not a residential block but has a number of multi-use industrial units inside. We assisted fire with the cordon and closure of Foundry Lane.

"A small number of cannabis plants were located in an insecure area of the building.

"The plants were seized and subsequently destroyed however unfortunately there were no proportionate lines of enquiry to investigate further.

"Anyone with information about the plants is asked to call 101 and quote log 638 of 31 December."