A fire has broken out at Pontio arts centre in Bangor – Fire crews are in attendance and the blaze is now thought to be under control.

Witnesses said that smoke was seen pouring from the building and four fire engines are at the scene. The blaze is reported to be on the 5th floor of the building.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service have said four fire engines have been sent to the scene. They were from Bangor, Menai Bridge, Caernarfon and Amlwch. The fire service was called at 11.50am.

Statement from North Wales Fire Service (at 1.30pm): “Crews are currently in attendance at a fire in a building on Deiniol Road, Bangor.

“The fire, which affected roofing materials in the building, is now under control. Firefighters are now venting the building. Investigations into cause underway.”

A spokesperson from Pontio said: “At 11.45am today a fire was reported outside the upper level of Pontio (level 5) where minor construction work was taking place.

“The building was evacuated and there were no injuries. The fire service are currently at the scene and the level of damage caused will be assessed.”

“Pontio will be closed for the rest of the day due to the smell of smoke. Anyone who has booked tickets for the cinema tonight will be able to transfer their tickets or receive a refund.  Thank you for your understanding.”

Updates to follow

Photos: Danielle Friel