Stokes Croft fire: Building 'not safe' for fire investigators

Stokes Croft fire
Image caption The fire closed the A38 at Stokes Croft for much of Thursday

The cause of a fire which badly damaged a building believed to be used by homeless people in Bristol will not be known for several days.

Emergency services were called to the three-storey property in the early hours of Thursday.

The busy A38 - one of the city's main commuter routes - was shut for much of the day while scaffolding was put up.

A fire brigade spokesman said until the building was safe investigators could not go in.

"Inspections were made through the day and overnight to check the fire was completely out and that there were no hot spots," he said.

"No issues were found but there's still much work to be done to make the building safe.

"That's unlikely to be until some time next week," the Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokesman added.

The building is in Stokes Croft, not far from the St James Barton roundabout.

No-one was reported as injured despite fears at the time there may have been people trapped inside.

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