Tuesday 20 February 2018

London's iconic Shard evacuated - smoke spotted coming from basement

The Shard in central London
The Shard in central London

London's tallest building, the Shard, has been evacuated this morning as firefighters investigated smoke coming from the basement of the 87-storey skyscraper, a fire brigade spokesman said.

"We are investigating the source of smoke coming from the basement. There is no suggestion at this time that it is an actual fire but the building has been evacuated as a caution," he said.

The Shard, Europe's tallest skyscraper at 306 metres (1,004 feet), was built by Qatar's royal family.

It was completed in 2012.

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