Friday 19 January 2018

1,200 evacuated from London's O2 after fire breaks out

More than 1,000 people were evacuated from the O2 after a fire broke out in a restaurant.

The London Fire Brigade said that 1,200 people were evacuated as it dealt with the fire in Greenwich, south east London.

Four fire crews, who were called out at 11.15am, used jets and breathing apparatus to bring the fire under control.

The fire created a lot of smoke at the O2, which includes arenas, cinema, bowling alley along with restaurant and bars, according to brigade station manager Martin Freeman

He told the Evening Standard: "Although this was a small fire it did create a lot of smoke and so security staff evacuated people from the arena.

"Crews quickly tackled the fire and then searched the ducting between the roof and the ground floor to ensure they had thoroughly damped down any remaining hotspots. There were no injuries."

In a tweet the O2 described it as a "small fire" but said it had taken "the precaution to close the building temporarily to ensure the safety".

The O2 tweeted that booked tickets for events due to take place before 4pm when the venue reopened would be rescheduled.

Press Association

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