Bristol Fire: Police Looking For 'Witness'

19 December 2018, 11:32 | Updated: 19 December 2018, 11:34

Simon Pearce

Police investigating a fire in Bristol at the weekend say they are looking for a man who might know how it started.

A large part of an industrial building in Netham Road was destroyed by the flames in the early hours of Saturday (15th December).
 
Officers think 32-year-old Simon Pearce, who used to have a business unit inside, was staying there at the time.
 
Detective Chief Inspector Liz Hughes said: "We're concerned about the welfare of Simon Pearce and while we don't believe he has come to harm as a result of the fire, he may have information about how it started. We'd ask Simon to get in touch with us as soon as possible and we also want to speak to anyone who knows where he may be."
 
She added: "A cordon remains in place around the building due to it being in a dangerous condition so we'd urge people to keep away from the immediate area. We're following the latest advice from structural engineers so we can carry out our enquiries safely. Due to the very limited access to the site, it's not yet been possible to determine what caused the fire, but I can confirm we're treating it as a potential crime scene and we're actively pursuing a number of significant leads. We're continuing to lisaise with a number of agencies and organisations including Avon Fire & Rescue Service, as well as the building's owners and their insurers. We understand this will be having a significant impact on the businesses who use the building but there are factors beyond our controls which mean this investigation is likely to take some time to complete."
 
Anyone with information about the fire, who hasn't yet spoken to Avon and Somerset police, is being asked to call 101 and quote the reference number 5218276952.