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Emergency crews tackle reported ‘explosion’ at waterfront bar in Cornwall

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Fire crews in the South West are tackling a large blaze which has broken out at a waterfront bar in Cornwall.

The blaze started this afternoon in the popular holiday resort of St Ives, with at least one person seriously injured.

Witnesses have reported hearing an "explosion" in the area, although police have yet to confirm this.

Alarming footage from the scene shows tourists watching in horror as an enormous cloud of smoke billows across the waterfront.

Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed that fire, police and ambulance are currently in attendance at a fire at The Balcony Bar and Kitchen in Wharf Road, St Ives.

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The fire was reported at 3.20pm this afternoon.

One person has sustained "potentially serious burns" in the incident, police confirmed.

Two workers received minor injuries and no diners were hurt, the BBC reports.

An air ambulance has landed at the scene. Photos posted to social media by witnesses show the helicopter hovering above the busy beach.

There are also multiple reports of an explosion in the area of the bar.

John Chard told Radio Cornwall he "saw what appeared to be some sort of explosion" from his boat.

"Something blew up – maybe a gas cylinder. There was a massive plume of smoke for about 30 seconds."

Wharf Road is currently blocked between Fore Street and Back Lane while emergency services battle with the fire.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix issued an alert to locals saying: "Wharf Road Northbound closed, slow traffic due to building fire between B3306 Fore Street and Back Lane.

"The road is closed following a building fire on the seafront."

Street marshals are currently helping to direct traffic and pedestrians, police say.

The Balcony Bar and Kitchen overlooks the harbour at St Ives, a popular seafront town in Cornwall.

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