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London Fire Under Control

March 19, 2009 By: Jena Tesse Fox


CNN reports that a fire raged for hours in central London last week, bringing 12 fire engines and 60 firefighters to the scene, which is about half a mile west of St. Paul's Cathedral.

There were propane tanks on the roof of one of the buildings when the blaze broke out, but they were moved for fear they would explode if the flames reached them, CNN's Atika Shubert reported from the scene.

"We believe the fire is at the fifth floor and the roof on one building," the fire department spokeswoman said. There are no reports of injuries, and firefighters believe they are getting the blaze under control, she added.

The fire started in a building under construction and spread to a neighboring building, firefighters said. People have been evacuated from the buildings, police said, and they do not believe anyone is in danger.

The fire is just north of the Royal Courts of Justice, and near the Maughan Library of King's College London, which houses the college's rare books collection. The library occupies the Victorian former Public Record Office building on Chancery Lane. Neither the library not the courts are on fire.

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