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Skyscraper Evacuation: Smoke Empties The Shard in London, but No Fire

By    |   Friday, 06 Jun 2014 11:13 AM

Smoke in the basement of London skyscraper The Shard forced the evacuation of nearly 900 people Thursday, and now firefighters are investigating the cause.

A smoke alarm went off at the 1,004-foot-high structure, the tallest in Western Europe, though a spokesman for The Shard told SkyNews that there was no fire and the investigation was simply a precaution.

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In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said they were called around 11:09 a.m. local time Thursday, about 30 minutes after seven fire engines and 50 firefighters were dispatched to the scene.

People were allowed back into the building at around 3 p.m. local time, once the smoke had dissipated.



Opened in July 2012, The Shard is an 87-story skyscraper in London that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. It stands next to London Bridge station.

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