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December 15, 2023


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“Accidental ignition” fire damages 11 vehicles at Bristol Airport

A fire broke out earlier this week (Sunday 10 December) at Bristol Airport’s carpark, damaging 11 vehicles, said to be caused by an “accidental ignition”. 

Bristol Airport. Credit: Alamy Stock

A parked car caught fire in the silver zone car park, south of the runway at Bristol Airport, at 10am on Sunday 10 December, the airport said in a statement.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service and Bristol Airport’s own fire crew tackled the blaze using hoses, jets, thermal imaging camera and some foam to extinguish the fire.

The fire services reported it had been due to an “accidental ignition”, with the airport authorities stating that it was “not known at this stage” whether an electric or internal combustion powered vehicle had been the initial source of the blaze.

A spokesperson for the airport said no one had been hurt, however, the incident did cause minor delays as the runway was closed in a precautionary measure due to the clouds of thick black smoke from the fire. No flight diversions were required.

On social media platform, X (formerly Twitter), Avon Fire and Rescue Service said: “Crews from Bedminster were called yesterday at 10:01am to reports of a car fire at Bristol Airport car park. Crews used two pressure hose reels, & one 45mm jet to extinguish the fire. 11 cars in total were affected by the fire. The cause is thought to be accidental.”

This comes a few months after a car park fire at Luton Airport which caused a structural collapse of the building. 

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