The Shard Evacuated After Smoke Spotted
Thursday 5th May 2014
The Shard has been evacuated after emergency services were called to reports of smoke coming from the basement.
Image: London Fire Brigade
London Fire Brigade has confirmed it was called to the scene at 10.30am but says there is no suggestion at this stage that there is a fire.
Seven fire engines and around 50 firefighters are at the scene.
900 people have been evacuated from the building - the tallest in the UK.
Picture: Paul Fisher (@PaulFisher)
A London Fire Brigade statement read: "London Fire Brigade said firefighters are investigating reports of smoke in the basement of the Shard. There is no suggestion at this stage that there is a fire.
"As a precaution the building is being evacuated. No injuries have been reported.
"Seven fire engines and around 50 firefighters are at the scene, this is normal for this of building. Firefighters from Soho, Dockhead, Old Kent Road, Shoreditch, Whitechapel and Lambeth fire stations are at the scene."
The Met Police said no arrests had been made and inquiries on the cause of fire were ongoing.
The Shard said they were following established procedures, tweeting:
Emergency services are responding to a fire alarm at The Shard. Evacuation procedures have been followed & we are ready to assist as needed.— TheShardLondon (@TheShardLondon) June 5, 2014
The London Ambulance Service say there have been no injuries in the incident.
The Shard is home to three restaurants, offices, a five-star hotel and a viewing platform. The entire building has been evacuated.