First Bus has announced several diversions to routes due to a major fire at nightclub SWX.
Firefighters from eight stations have been dealing with a blaze at the four-storey building on Nelson Street this morning (July 13).
Though the fire is out and Union Street has reopened, road closures remain at Silver Street, Bridewell Street, Nelson Street, Fairfax Street and All Saints Street.
First Bus has announced diversions to these services:
- 36, 42, 42A, 43, 44, 45, 48, 48A, 49, 6 & 7 Bristol Services are diverting via Lewins Mead, Haymarket Roundabout, Newfoundland Way, Bond Street and resuming at Old Market Roundabout
- 24 Bristol Service towards Southmead will be diverting from Broad Quay via Haymarket Roundabout, towards M32 then back round by Cabbot Circus Car Park, Old Market and resuming normal route
- 1/2/2a/3/4/8/72 After Park Street by Hippodrome will turn right to Baldwin Street all the way to the end then turn left to High Street/Wine Street then left to Union Street. We will use all bus stops on diversion route.
Our photographer reported the fire had been extinguished by around 8am and a cleanup had started at the site of the famous music venue. The frontage is visibly blackened and damaged.
Fire engines from Temple, Bedminster, Southmead, Patchway, Avonmouth, Hicks Gate, Pill and Nailsea attended after “multiple witnesses” reported the fire at 4.35am.
Avon and Somerset police officers have also been in attendance, helping with road closures around SWX, which was formerly known as Papillons, The Works, Top Rank, Baileys, Romeo and Juliets, Odyssey and Syndicate.
A bus driver who was in the area at around 5am said: “The smoke had completely filled the area but it seemed it was coming from more the front of the building where the reception is and the clubs offices are, rather than the back end where the main part of the club is.
“But I couldn’t see around the back as police had completely cordoned off the area so it could’ve been just as bad. But if it was mainly the front, the main club area might have survived just smoke damage. It’s too early to speculate I guess.”
SWX tweeted at 5.15pm yesterday: “It’s official, we are opening back to normal, one week today.”
You can follow live coverage of the incident here.
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