Night-time visitors to Chester city centre may have had cause for concern on Tuesday, July 23, when they saw four fire engines on Bridge Street and a police cordon put up.

But while city residents had heard a number of sirens around the city at about 8.30pm, the cause of the incident appears ultimately not to be that alarming.

A blown air conditioning unit in one of the Bridge Street buildings is believed to have been the cause of the incident.

Chester and District Standard:

One onlooker said they could see smoke coming through the window.

Police cordoned off the area surrounding the building as a precaution, with traffic prohibited from going along Bridge Street and Watergate Street.

Suspected fires within Chester city centre are routinely treated as priority incidents owing to the historic nature of the rows.