Blow torch 'caused library fire'

An investigation into the cause of the blaze at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth has found it was caused by a blow torch.

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National Library fire damage 'limited' - minister

Before answering today's urgent question, the Culture Minister had previously issued a written statement about the National Library fire. John Griffiths said early indications gave cause for optimism.

Damage to the collections is restricted to items in the immediate vicinity of the incident and indications are that damage is limited and that the majority of items affected can be recovered. None of the more significant treasures held by the Library have been affected.

– John Griffiths AM, Culture Minister

He said it's too early to say how much financial support the National Library will need but said the Welsh Government was working closely with Library staff.

My officials have been in regular contact with the staff of the Library throughout the weekend and will continue to work closely with the Library over the coming weeks and months. I will be visiting the Library myself on Thursday of this week to see at first hand the damage, and to initiate the discussions on how the Welsh Government can support the Library. The Library is one of our most treasured national institutions and I would like to assure the Library of my ongoing support through this very difficult period.

– John Griffiths AM, Culture Minister

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