Summer Tate St Ives exhibition dodges smoke damage after deep fat fryer fire

By Ben Miller | 28 May 2013

Organisers at Tate St Ives have allayed fears that artworks may have been damaged by a fire which forced hundreds of people to leave the gallery's summer exhibition following a mishap with a deep fat fryer on Monday afternoon.

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Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service sent three engines to disperse smoke from the corridors of Cornwall’s most high-profile contemporary art gallery.

But none of the works in the new display, which was visited by the Queen and Prince Phillip before opening its punk collages, Barbara Hepworth sculptures and ballet screenings to the public earlier this month, are said to have been affected.

A brief statement from the venue said a “small fire” had been “quickly contained” by emergency services.

“Nobody was hurt in the incident,” it added.

“There is no damage to artworks or the building. However, some refurbishment to the kitchen will be necessary.”

The gallery reopened as usual today (May 28).
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