Bristol fire: Huge blaze at We The Curious science museum as smoke sweeps through the city
Video footage and images shared on social media show thick gray smoke filling the air at We The Curious museum in Bristol with firefighters and police at the scene
A massive fire has broken out at a science and art museum in Bristol, sending plumes of smoke across the city.
We The Curious staff and members of the public were evacuated as police closed several downtown roads and dozens of firefighters rushed to the scene.
Video footage and images shared on social media show thick gray smoke filling the air of the museum with reports of firefighters and police at the scene.
Onlookers gathered to watch the sirens sound and emergency services entered from the rear of the building, Bristol Live reports.
40 firefighters were on the scene, with the Avon Fire and Rescue Department initially receiving an emergency call at 2:05 p.m.
A spokesperson for the service told the Mirror: “We received a call from We The Curious in central Bristol to report a fire on or in the roof.
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“We have deployed seven fire engines and a number of specialist resources – and 40 firefighters.”
He said crews were on the scene within three minutes and the fire was under control around 3:10 p.m.
No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire remains uncertain.
Drones were then sent around the roof as the service searched for visual evidence that the fire was completely extinguished.
The museum suffered fire and water damage as its servers were down on Saturday night.
The spokesperson said around 3:30 p.m. resources would likely begin to be removed from the scene, although some staff would remain for a few more hours.
A number of road closures remained in place into Saturday evening.
The police blocked access to Anchor Road by parking in front of the road junction.
The Millennium Square fairgrounds also closed.
Museum staff and police helped direct people away from the plaza and towards the Pero Bridge.
A We The Curious spokesperson said its staff and visitors were quickly evacuated after the fire broke out.
“Our building has suffered fire and water damage, and some of our major server systems are also affected, so we are currently without our phone or email systems.
“We will be closed on Sunday April 10 while we assess the damage and make a plan for the next few days, so we will post further updates on this page once we know more.”
They said anyone due to visit at the weekend will be contacted by staff once the system is back online to reorganise.
The statement added: “We would like to say a huge thank you to our incredible staff for their hard work and dedication today, to our visitors for their understanding, and to the Avon Fire and Rescue team and the police for their quick action.
“We would also like to say a big thank you to Bristol Hotel, SS Great Britain and Bristol Old Vic for supporting our wedding party today.”
Neighboring attraction Bristol Aquarium said: “Our hearts go out to We The Curious today who did a terrific job of fire evacuation.
“For visitors to Bristol Aquarium, access is now restricted outside our building for today to protect the area. Tickets purchased online are valid for 6 months.”
We The Curious is a science and arts center and educational charity in Bristol, England, and a tourist attraction in the city.