A fire broke out on the top floor of the Santander and Cantabria Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Spain, in the early morning hours of Monday, November 20. Firefighters arrived at the scene around 5:30 AM and were able to contain the blaze by 10 AM. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
None of the artworks in the museum’s holdings were harmed since, due to construction, the collection is being stored temporarily in the basement. Among the well-known pieces housed at the museum is Francisco de Goya’s 1814 portrait of King Fernando VII. While the damage at the museum is being assessed, the collection will be moved to another location to ensure its safety. The museum has been closed to the public since February and is currently undergoing a $690,000 renovation.