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The Shard evacuated after reports of smoke in basement

Europe's tallest building has been evacuated for the first time.

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The Shard evacuation 'quite a quick and easy process'

Once the alarm sounded in the building, the management put procedures into place for the evacuation process.

As we arrived, the commander at the time decided that as a precaution the entire building was to be evacuated and crews quickly worked alongside building management to make sure that occurred.

Evacuating such large numbers of people can impede crews if there is a fire apparent but because it has been practised a number of times and we have worked alongside building management on a number of exercises, it was quite a quick and easy process.

– Keeley Foster, London Fire Brigade Station Manager

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