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Director of BAC thanks emergency services

The Artistic Director of the Battersea Arts Centre has thanked the emergency services for saving the front half of the iconic building.

In a statement, he said:

The organisation and the front half of the building live to fight another day. We start now. Huge thanks are owed to all the emergency services, who literally saved the front half of the building, to staff, artists and volunteers at Battersea Arts Centre, and to everyone who has shown their overwhelming support online over the last 24 hours. The passion for the building and the organisation is extraordinary. Thank you all for being part of this. We really need you at this time.

Today we start the next chapter. We want to get the shows back on and rebuild the building brick by brick. Huge thanks to the National Funding Scheme who set up a donate page on their site to raise funds.

This is incredibly important. At the moment we have no offices, no Grand Hall theatre, and we have to re-establish a new financial model for the next 12 months. So your support - at whatever level - is so valuable. Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated and who has supported BAC through social media.

– David Jubb- Artistic director and CEO

Fire crews damping down at Battersea Arts Centre

Fire crews still at the scene

Fire fighters are expected to remain at the Battersea Arts Centre for at least a day or two to ensure the fire has been properly extinguished. Crews are currently damping down, as they contain small pockets of fire.

Local Conservative MP Jane Ellison is talking to the Culture Secretary about the possibility of the government providing funding to repair the building. A fundraising page has also been set up to allow people to donate money for the repairs.

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