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Skyscraper evacuation: London's Shard has reports of smoke

London's Shard skyscraper evacuated Thursday after reports of smoke.
By Danielle Haynes   |   June 5, 2014 at 10:54 PM   |   Comments

LONDON, June 5 (UPI) -- Firefighters in London evacuated the so-called Shard skyscraper after reports of smoke Thurday.

Some 900 people were evacuated at about 10:30 a.m. local time at the 1,000-foot skyscraper near London Bridge.

Seven fire engines and 50 firefighters responded to the scene, a spokesman for the London Fire Brigade said.

"We have got quite a few fire engines there because of the nature of the building," he said. "We are investigating reports of smoke, but there is no suggestion of a fire at this stage."

The building, the tallest in western Europe, houses offices, apartments, hotels and restaurants. It was opened in February 2013.

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