On Saturday 6th October a museum fire at the National Museum Cardiff put many historical collections at risk.
Fire crews from both Whitchurch and Cardiff Central were called to the museum fire at 3:25 pm after being alerted to the fire which originated in the kitchen of a ground floor gallery. The fire caused huge concern over the museum’s historical collections and led to the cancellation of a prescheduled event.
The museum fire was successfully put out after only 30 minutes of firefighting. Luckily, nobody was injured as a result of the fire and all the museum’s collections are accounted for.
Unfortunately, the museum was forced to close subsequent to the outbreak, however, was re-opened to the general public after 12:30 pm the following Sunday.
The café and restaurant section most affected by the museum fire remained closed until 10 am the next Tuesday.
A spokesperson from the National Museum Cardiff commented on the incident:
“There was a small fire at National Museum Cardiff on Saturday afternoon and as a result, the Museum was closed to the public”.
The National Museum Cardiff’s twitter account also posted the following:
“National Museum Cardiff will be closed until 10:00 am, Tuesday, 9 October. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.”
Furthermore, a scheduled sell-out event for the evening, a silent disco, was regrettably cancelled after organisers heard the health and safety advice announced, consequent to the museum fire.
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Original Sources: Wales Online