Firefighters spent Tuesday evening (11th August) tackling a blaze at Edward Hain Hospital, St Ives. As well as a local crew, teams were called in from Hayle, Tolvaddon, St Just, and Falmouth.
A 999 call was reported at 9.36pm. Three appliances from St Ives, Hayle, and Tolvaddon arrived, and within a short time a fourth appliance was sent from St Ives.
Due to the size of the incident, an incident command unit from St Just was mobilised, along with an operational support unit and additional wholetime station manager from Falmouth.
Four breathing apparatus wearers were committed inside the building to undertake an interior fire attack, supported by an external fire attack using main jets.
Assistance was requested from Devon and Cornwall Police due to the number of fire resources in and around the main road into St Ives.
By 10.51 the fire had escalated and more breathing apparatus wearers were committed. It took until 12.28am for the fire to be extinguished.
An initial fire investigation was carried out and the cause is likely to be accidental, said Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, possibly due to loose cables in a void.