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St Ives fire: Three injured in beach bar ‘explosion’ as busy harbour evacuated

THREE people have been injured following a kitchen explosion at a waterfront bar in Cornwall today.

The busy harbour was evacuated after the fire broke out in a bar on the seafront in St Ives.

A member of staff was airlifted to hospital following the blast shortly after 3.20pm at The Balcony Bar and Kitchen.

Police said one person had “potentially serious burns”.

Two other members of staff were also injured, but none of the diners in the bar was hurt.

The fire was started by a chip fryer, the Fire Service said.

Witnesses said they heard screams and feared people were trapped by the blaze.

Cops, firefighters and ambulance crews rushed to the scene after the inferno broke out.

An air ambulance landed at the beach.

Chloe Emery, 26, manager at a nearby bar, said: “There’s been an accident and people are injured.

“I saw black smoke so I called the fire brigade, I don’t know how long it took for them to arrive because I was making sure everyone here was ok.

“It was just a small amount and it dissipated quite quickly, it was coming from the kitchen. There was clearly someone in pain, I don’t know what’s going on at the minute but I suspect that someone may be injured.

“I’m friends with the people who work there and I’m worried about them. I hope everyone is OK.”

John Chard told the BBC he was on his boat when he witnessed “what appeared to be some sort of explosion”.

“Something blew up – maybe a gas cylinder. There was a massive plume of smoke for about 30 seconds,” he added.

A spokesperson from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: “Pumping appliances from St Ives, Hayle, Penzance, and Tolvaddon with support vehicles from St Just, Falmouth and Helston responded to reports of a fire at a commercial premises.

“On arrival a industrial fryer unit was discovered.

“Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet and thermal imaging camera to extinguish the fire. Police and the ambulance service were also in attendance.

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