Page last updated at 18:03 GMT, Tuesday, 19 August 2008 19:03 UK

Pub evacuated after fire starts

Park St fire
The cause of the fire is not known - picture from Sheldon Barwick

A pub in the centre of Bristol had to be evacuated after a fire started.

Staff and customers at The Greenhouse, at the bottom of Park Street, were led to safety after smoke and flames were seen coming from the building.

Student Doone Watts, who works in the pub and lives above, helped customers and other residents of the building to leave as fire alarms sounded.

"The whole side of the building was on fire [but] we got the customers out," she said.

"We [also] checked the toilets on the first floor. There was thick smoke everywhere.

"The first floor contains offices, toilets and DJ equipment."

'Windows smashed'

Tony Jackson, from Avon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said there was thick smoke in three floors of the building when the brigade arrived on Tuesday afternoon.

"The fire is in ducting between the floors. Firefighters are being hampered by plasterboard ceilings which we've had to break through.

"We've smashed a number of windows on the first floor to vent smoke and heat out of the building to make it easier to work in.

"We're checking that the fire hasn't spread to adjoining buildings."

No-one is believed to have been injured in the incident. The cause of the blaze in not yet known.

Park Street was closed for several hours to allow emergency crews access.

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