Thursday, March 19, 2009

Big fire breaks out at London legal centre

Updated at: 0500 PST, Thursday, March 19, 2009

LONDON: A large fire in London's historic legal centre sent flames soaring above the skyline of the capital today.London Fire Brigade (LFB) said the fifth floor and roof of Breams Buildings were alight but everyone had been safely evacuated without injury. The office block, off Chancery Lane, houses a number of barristers' chambers as well as the asylum and immigration tribunal.Twelve fire engines and 60 firefighters attended the blaze after LFB received a call at about 3.30pm. City of London police cordoned off Chancery Lane at the junction with Fleet Street, and stopped traffic from entering. An LFB spokesman said there were reports of cylinders involved in the fire, and the roof area of the building had been under refurbishment.Breams Buildings was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1885 and was the home of Birkbeck College for a 65-year period that included the second world war.

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