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England Twenty20: Road reopens after Bristol fire

A busy road used by cricket fans travelling to an international match has reopened after it was closed by a shop fire.

England played a sold-out Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka at the County Ground in Bristol.

Firefighters were called to the the Creations Nail Studio on Gloucester Road, Bishopston, at about 1000 BST.

Six fire engines and a control unit attended. The road closure caused severe delays.

Gloucester Road is a main route to the cricket ground for fans travelling to and from Bristol city centre. About 14,500 spectators attended the match, which was won by Sri Lanka.

'Big explosion'

Gloucester Road, Zetland Road, Somerville Road and nearby side roads were closed for over five hours.

Eyewitness Pat Martin said: "It just happened so fast. There was one big explosion. A nearby van caught fire, traffic lights started catching fire.

"A ceiling came down next door, you heard a massive slam.

"It all went crazy, there were buses stuck on the corner. People were panicking."

An Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said nobody was injured in the fire, which has been extinguished.

She said a structural engineer attended the scene and the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The cricket match went ahead on time.

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