Bath live music venue and touring circuit mainstay Moles Club went up in flames at around 9am this morning.
Five fire engines, along with police and ambulance services were all called to the scene, as the road was closed to all traffic and crowds gathered while things developed.
As of now, the blaze has been tackled and Lower Gay Street is being reopened. Moles co-owner Phil Andrews, also the owner of the Chapel Arts Centre and more, was reached for comment earlier today:
It is difficult to know how extensive the damage has been until we go inside… at this stage we don’t know what it is that has gone up in smoke.
Rumours grew on Twitter that a band who had played the venue just last night were sleeping inside the venue when the fire broke out, but this was thankfully later quashed by Mr Andrews, with a police spokesman then confirming that nobody was either inside or had been injured.
The venue will be closed tonight and, as you can imagine, quite possibly longer – the cause is as yet unknown until the authorities commence their investigation.
UPDATE: Moles will remain closed until August, the venue’s operations and promotions manager Liam Baker confirmed to NME 10/3/14.