UPDATE: 4.45 “Crews managed to ventilate effectively and prevented the smoke from entering the art galleries” says Cornwall’s fire chief.
He said that the fire started in a deep fat fryer and it took CO2 extinguishers, foam and a fire blanket to bring the fire under control.
All four floors were affected by smoke, with staff doing a “good job” evacuating 300 people.
Adding: “Officers and crews did well and kept fire spread down to a minimum, I believe no damage to artefacts, did CFRS proud.”
UPDATE: 3:28 – All Cornwall Fire and Rescue resources have now left the scene. It is believed the one way system outside the Tate Gallery will be re opened shortly.
It is unclear whether any of the artwork has been damaged, until a planned inspection is carried out.
UPDATE: The fire at Tate St Ives has been extinguished. Crews have used breathing apparatus to search the building and currently four breathing apparatus wearers are using positive pressure ventilation fans to clear smoke from the building.
It is believed that no damage to any art work in the gallery has occured, however this will be confirmed after further inspection.
Firefighters have been called out to a fire at the Tate Gallery in St Ives, with hundreds of people evacuated from the building as a precaution.
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