Blueboy decimated by fire
The disused pub on Gainsborough Square formerly known as the Blue Boy and the Gainsborough made the news on the evening of Thursday, 27th June when it’s roof burst into flames. Fortunately no one was inside the dilapidated building at the time and no one was injured.
Bristol City Council have released the following statement following the blaze, “‘Cabinet approval is being sought in September to make a Compulsory Purchase Order to acquire the former Gainsborough Pub, which has been closed for some time.
BCC are keen to acquire the site to support redevelopment, housing delivery, and regeneration objectives.
The Gainsborough Pub has fallen into disrepair and more recently was gutted by a fire. The building is currently unsafe and has been secured with temporary fencing. The owner of the property has been made aware by BCC building control of his responsibilities for security and safety.’
Avon Fire and Rescue say, “Crews from Temple, Patchway, Southmead, Kingswood, Avonmouth and Bedminster fire stations were called to a fire in the roof of a derelict pub. On arrival, firefighters used four breathing apparatus for safety and two high pressure hose reels and two 45mm jets to extinguish the fire. They also used a turntable ladder to monitor the situation and thermal imaging camera to check for hotspots. Once the fire was extinguished Urban Search and Rescue Dog Sally was deployed to search the building alongside a police victim recovery dog. Both dogs confirmed the building was clear and all persons were accounted for. The cause is currently unknown.”
An ambulance service spokesperson said: “We were called at 8.42pm to reports of a fire. We attended with an ambulance and HART (hazardous area response team). It has been reported that there were no patients on scene.”