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Fire in the University’s Fry Building

6 January 2018

A fire broke out in our Fry Building at just after 5pm this evening [Saturday 6 January]. The building is currently undergoing refurbishment and was due to reopen in summer 2018.

Everyone has been accounted for and Avon Fire & Rescue Service successfully extinguished the fire at around 8pm.

We would like to thank colleagues at Avon Fire & Rescue Service for their swift and highly professional response in tackling the blaze. We will now be working with them in the coming days to help investigate the cause of the blaze.

As a precaution, the library in the Wills Memorial Building, the Grace Reeves study centre in the Geographical Sciences Building on University Road and the Merchant Venturers Building on Woodland Road have been closed. Both will remain closed tomorrow [Sunday 7 January] but are planned to be fully operational by Monday morning.

If you were evacuated from a University building and need to collect personal belongings, please contact Security on 0117 928 7848.

Students who were evacuated should use the extenuating circumstances process to inform their School of any disruption to their preparation for exams.

UPDATE, Sunday 7 January: Fire crews left the site at 1am this morning and a fire investigation officer will return today to ascertain how the fire started. The building has now been handed back to the University and we are assessing water and fire damage, which appears to be  to the roof and top floor.

The Grace Reeves study centre is now open until 10pm and we've opened The Hawthorns study lounge until 10pm to provide additional space due to the Wills Memorial Building being closed. The Wills Memorial Building will be open as usual tomorrow and exams will go ahead as planned.

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