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UPDATE 3-Multiple casualties at English warehouse blast, fire brigade says

03 Dec 2020 / 22:10 H.

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    LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) - A large blast in a warehouse near Bristol in England has caused multiple casualties, a spokeswoman for the fire brigade said on Thursday.

    The fire service had previously said on Twitter that it was responding to an incident after being called to a large explosion in Avonmouth, south west England.

    "We can confirm there are multiple casualties on site," a spokeswoman for Avon Fire and Rescue Service said, adding that injuries were serious. "It's very much ongoing," she said.

    The explosion took place at a waste treatment facility for the nearby city of Bristol, the spokeswoman added.

    The fire service said it had been joined there by police and ambulances.

    A police spokeswoman said they were searching the location to make sure everyone was accounted for, but had no details of casualties.

    (Reporting by Michael Holden and Kate Holton; editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Estelle Shirbon)

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