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Blaze hits newly reopened Bluecoat Gallery

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A fire has ripped through Liverpool’s Bluecoat Art Gallery just two months after it reopened following Dutch firm BIQ Architecten’s £12.5 million revamp.

According to the Liverpool Daily Post, two floors of Liverpool city centre’s oldest building were damaged by the blaze that started at 3.55am this morning (13 May).

It is understood around 30 firefighters battled flames that had engulfed the first-floor kitchen. It took more than three hours to put out the fire.

The extent of the damage is yet to be revealed, but it is believed to be more smoke damage than fire, as the blaze was contained to the kitchen and café.

Head of the Liverpool Preservation Trust Wayne Colquhoun said: 'It's very sad. It looks to be mainly smoke damage but it puts a huge dampener on Liverpool's year as Capital of Culture, as this was a flagship building. It's as if there's a jinx on the city.'

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