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Tate Artwork Escapes Fire

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7:02am 28th May 2013

Bosses at the Tate gallery in St Ives say no artwork has been damaged after a fire.

Three hundred people had to be evacuated from the iconic building on Monday lunchtime.

Fifteen firefighters were scrambled. They say the blaze broke out in the cafe's deep fat fryer.

Executive Director Mark Osterfield said: "Obviously it's very unfortunate. We don't want to have a fire - we don't want to put any people or the building or artworks at risk. However, I think it proves that we have the right measures in place to contain such incidents.

"I'm very proud of the team for the work that they did and very grateful to the fire service for acting very professionally, stopping the fire very quickly and ensuring there was no damage to the rest of the building."

Teams were at the scene for around three hours.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "Ten firefighters on two appliances from St Ives were mobilised to the scene. The fire involved a deep fat fryer in the kitchen at the four storey building. An assistance message at 12:50 for ‘make pumps three’ for breathing apparatus was made – a third appliance from Penzance with five firefighters was mobilised.

"Crews wore four breathing apparatus and extinguished the fire using several foam fire extinguishers and a fire blanket. Using a thermal imaging camera the fire scene was inspected to ensure the fire was completely out and had not spread. The one way system outside the art gallery was closed by Devon and Cornwall Police."

The gallery will be open as normal on Tuesday.

7:02am 28th May 2013

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