Page last updated at 17:08 GMT, Sunday, 10 January 2010

Cordon remains at gas blast site

Fire crews at scene of gas blast in Bristol
Police say the risk of another explosion at the site is low

Roads leading to a gas depot in Bristol are still closed, after an explosion on the site three days ago which injured three men.

Fire crews remain in place at BOC Gases depot in Whitby Road in the St Anne's area as the fire is not yet out.

Police said the risk of another explosion was minimal and road closures would be reviewed on Monday.

Whitby Road is completely closed - the junctions of Feeder Road, Netham Road and Avonside Road are in the cordon.

Injured men

Ch Insp Mark Jackson, from Avon and Somerset Police, said: "The risk of another explosion in this area is very low and therefore the risk to the public in these areas is also minimal.

"However in order to ensure the risk remains low we must continue to secure the site, which means that the road closures will need to remain in place until, at the earliest, some time tomorrow."

One of the injured men, Alan Garton, remains in the burns unit at Frenchay Hospital. The other two men were discharged after treatment for minor wounds.

The men were hurt when two explosions occurred in a storage tank at the gas bottling depot on Thursday afternoon.

The blasts are believed to have taken place as an employee attempted to cap a cylinder.



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