A major fire has broken out in St Ives this evening near the seafront with 12 major appliances in attendance.
At 10.20pm a request for ‘Make pumps 12’ was made and additional appliances were sent to the scene.
We currently have 12 Major appliances in attendance at the St Ives Fire
— Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (@CornwallFRS) December 4, 2020
At 12.20am there were six appliances on standby at St Ives bus station waiting to relieve crews from scene.
This evening our firefighters are working with colleagues from stations throughout the county at a large fire in St Ives. Our major pumping and incident command unit are on scene. pic.twitter.com/BlZg9VeKiB
— St Just CFRS (@StJustCFRS) December 4, 2020
Crews are battling flames at a commercial premises. It is understood to be a fish and chip shop involved.
People are being asked to avoid the Wharf Road and Lifeboat Hill area of St Ives due to the number of emergency vehicles in the area.
@CornwallFRS say multiple vehicles in area around Lifeboat hill with 8 pumps on scene at the restaurant fire in #StIves. Crews from as far as Newquay, St Austell @FalmouthCFRS @StJustCFRS @TolvaddonCFR @PenzanceCFRS Thanks to Leo Walker for sharing these photos. pic.twitter.com/Y5GnZOvDkJ
— BBC Radio Cornwall (@BBCCornwall) December 4, 2020
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has said the incident is ongoing and “will be throughout the night”.
Firefighters from St Ives, Penzance, Hayle, Perranporth, St Just, Falmouth, Truro, Newquay and St Austell Community fire stations are all in attendance, attempting to bring the blaze under control.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service reported the fire breaking out just after 6.30pm.
Bad fire in St Ives tonight. pic.twitter.com/wR7ZyYx0mZ
— Charlie Carroll (@CharlieCarroll1) December 4, 2020
Photos on social media show a building well alight.
A fire service spokesperson said: “Due to the heavy presence of emergency vehicles, please try and avoid the area of Lifeboat Hill, St Ives at this time.”
Thinking of friends and family in St Ives tonight. Stay safe. I hope everyone is ok. Huge thanks to the fire service who are responding. pic.twitter.com/BjKtJNAumj
— Eventy Marketing (@EventyMarketing) December 4, 2020
UPDATE 9.47PM: Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has updated to say that it now has ten appliances at the scene tackling the flames.
UPDATE 11.27PM: There are now 12 major appliances in attendance. The wind is said to be fanning the flames.
Hats off to the emergency service colleagues, dealing with this large scale incident.
Any fire in St Ives provides significant challenges for the crews.
It could be a long night & my thoughts are with them all. pic.twitter.com/fePuGNqazn
— Rob Hosking (@RobHosking1) December 4, 2020