Fire crews called to Bath Abbey for second time this week

Emergency crews were called to Bath Abbey last night after a fire broke out at the landmark building.

The small fire was reported shortly after 8pm yesterday (Wednesday, January 13) but is not thought to have caused any significant damage.

Michael Pritchard, who was out walking at the time, said the fire engine raced past with its siren on as he was crossing Pulteney Bridge.

He recalled: “I spotted the fire engine by Orange Grove at the east end of Bath Abbey, where the contractors’ hoardings and work is taking place.

“The fire engine was parked up and firemen were climbing over the hoarding and dealing with something on the other side.

“There was a slight smell of burning paper or wood in the air.”

Avon Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that it was called to a “small fire” at the Abbey at 8.04pm.

A spokesperson added: “Crews from Bath attended and used a high pressure 45mm jet to extinguish the fire.

“The fire was thought to be accidental and there was minimal damage.”

No details were provided about the suspected cause of the fire.

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It was the second time this week that emergency services have been called out to the landmark.

On Monday (January 11), a man clambered up the scaffolding onto the roof of the Abbey.

He was filmed ringing the bells, before changing the clock time and lowering the flag.

The fire service, police and an ambulance raced to the scene, where he was arrested and taken into police custody.

Somerset Live Bath