Saturday 21 October 2017

Man dies and woman critically ill after flat fire in Bristol

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Rod Minchin

A man has died following a fire in a flat above a shop, police said.

Firefighters rescued the man and a woman from the property above a row of shops on Fishponds Road, Bristol, on Saturday night.

Despite being treated at the scene, the man, who has not been named, died.

The woman was taken to hospital with potentially life-threatening burns and remains in a critical condition.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: "The joint investigation to establish the cause of fire will continue today although this may take some time because of the condition of the building.

"The death of the man has been referred to the coroner. We continue to make enquiries on behalf of the coroner."

Police closed Fishponds Road to traffic to allow the fire service to tackle the blaze

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