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Major incident as four remain trapped inside Collapsed Silo in Avonmouth after a large explosion

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Emergency crews from across Bristol are at the site of a large explosion at a Bristol Waste Water in Avonmouth. Fire crews from Avon Fire and Rescue say that there are multiple casualties.   It is understood that four people are trapped after a Silo collapsed just after 11.30am on Thursday morning to King Weston Lane It is understood that the incident at the state of the art food waste processing facility that receives up to 40,000 tonnes of food waste per year GENeco’s food waste anaerobic digestion treatment facility will transform solid and liquid food waste into renewable energy and nutrient-rich fertiliser. At full capacity, the plant will be capable of supplying the energy needs for around 3,000 homes. Firefighters from Avonmouth, Southmead,Yate Patchway, Kingswood and Temple have been called to the on going incident. Specialist USAR teams from Avon Fire and Rescue and Neighbouring South Wales fire and rescue have been scrambled to the scene after a fire broke out and a Silo collapsed with four workers inside it.

A Spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: A major incident has been declared following a large explosion at a site in Avonmouth.

The fire service, police and ambulance service were called at approximately 11.20am this morning (Wednesday 3 December) to a site off Kings Weston Lane.

An explosion is believed to have occurred involving one of the chemical tanks at Wessex Water’s Bristol water recycling centre.

A rescue operation was subsequently led by the fire service, involving five appliances and two turntable crews and we can confirm there have been a number of casualties.

A full investigation into the incident will be conducted.

Chief Inspector Mark Runacres said: “Officers remain at the scene and are likely to be for some time as we work together with other agencies in dealing with this major incident.

“A cordon has been set up and we’d advise members of the public to avoid the area at this time where possible to allow the emergency services to carry out their work.

“Police enquiries into exactly what happened are at a very early stage and are continuing.”

Avon Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager Matt Peskett said: “We were called at 11.22am to reports of a large explosion in a warehouse on Kings Weston Lane, Avonmouth.

“Crews from Avonmouth, Southmead, Yate, Patchway, Hicks Gate, Kingswood, Weston-super-Mare and Temple were mobilised and attended the incident.

“We were joined at the scene by our police and ambulance colleagues and have now handed over the incident to the police and continue to support our multi-agency partners.”

A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service added: “We sent multiple resources to the scene, including land air and other specialist paramedic teams.

“We supported Avon Fire & Rescue Service and Avon & Somerset Police at the scene.”