Police spokesman Robin Simmons issued the following update:

At last check in an abundance of caution police officers have been going door to door in the neighbourhoods of Upland Street and Vesey Street, in Devonshire – encouraging residents to voluntarily evacuate – as thick smoke and embers from the fire are reported to be entering those areas.

The Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service continues to battle the blaze and traffic diversions remain in effect.

Further updates are anticipated in due course.