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Shard evacuated after fire scare

The Shard has been evacuated after reports of smoke coming from the tower’s basement

Seven fire engines and 50 firefighters were called to the 87-storey skyscraper earlier today after reports of smoke coming from the basement.

A 50m cordon was put in place around the building while firefighters investigated the incident.

The latest reports suggested that there was no fire and the smoke has begun to dissipate, but fire crews are continuing to investigate the cause of the disturbance.  

At 1:45pm, the London Fire Brigade tweeted: ‘There is no more smoke in The Shard’s basement. People will soon be allowed back inside the building and crews will be leaving the scene.’

Around 900 people were evacuated as a result of the alert, which is thought to be the first time the tower has had to be emptied since it completed in January 2013.

At 2.30pm a spokeswoman for the Fire Brigadge said: ‘The cause of the smoke is still under investigation. We still have crews down at the scene and it is not yet known whether there was any damage.’

 

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