An historic three-storey building in central Cape Town was gutted by fire early on Wednesday.

Cape Town fire and rescue service spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said the alarm was raised at 1am.

He said 17 firefighting appliances and 70 staff contained the blaze in Albertus Street, near Cape Town Central police station and opposite the District Six Museum, just after 6am.

Carelse said at 8am “Crews managed to prevent the spread of fire to the adjacent art gallery”.

“We have several crews still at the scene. The building has been deemed unsafe and a building inspector has been requested to ascertain the structural integrity of the premises.

“No one was injured in the blaze.”

The gutted three-storey building in Albertus Street, central Cape Town.