Firefighters rescued valuable paintings and artefacts Accrington’s historic Haworth Art Gallery - however, it was only a drill.
Fire crews from Hyndburn, Great Harwood and other parts of East Lancashire descended on the historic gallery to carry out the mock exercise to practice what they would do in the event of a potentially catastrophic blaze.
Hyndburn fire station said the exercise to test fire crews’ command and control and salvage operations lasted around two hours to see if any improvements could be made to existing plans.
A spokesperson said: “We would like to thank Haworth Art Gallery for allowing us to hold an area exercise at the gallery.”
Gallery manager Yvonne Robins said it was a ‘big learning curve’.
She said: “It went extremely well and it’s something we haven’t done before. We took extensive notes.
“It’s not just a case of rescuing the artwork but what you do with it when it’s outside.
"We feel we are on top of things now and we are going to share our experience with out museums and galleries as we are the first to have done it.
“The firefighters were absolutely brilliant. Normally they are going into buildings rescuing people but this is a different set up.”