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– Small Electrical Fire at The British Library 2003-07-23

Posted by Dave in Humanities.

A fire has damaged part of 'The British Library', which is home to millions of pounds worth of irreplaceable books and manuscripts.

An electrical fault is thought to have sparked the small blaze in a basement maintenance plant area at the new library building in St.Pancras, London, at about 13:30 yesterday 2003-07-22.

A contractor was taken to hospital after suffering an electrical shock, although his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The London Fire Brigade said the fire was out before crews arrived, and a spokesman for 'The British Library' insisted there was no danger to any of the treasures.

The Magna Carta, Lindisfarne Gospels and Diamond Sutra — one of the oldest Oriental manuscript texts – are included in the most valuable collection of its kind in the world. The library spokesman said:

'The fire occurred in the plant area so no books or valuable collection items have been damaged although there is a lot of smoke in the area.

'Procedures have been put in operation to ensure that there is no risk of fire spreading to any other area. 'There is no danger to the collection. 'The most valuable collection items are kept in special storage areas.

'It is unlikely smoke could have caused any damage to those areas'.

'The British Library' new building in Euston has been open for five years. It has six stories above ground and eight below. The fire broke out on the first level basement plant area.

"Fire at British Library", Ananova 2003-07-23 We 07:08



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