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Evacuations Follow Fires - and Suspected WW2 Bomb

27 February 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970

The morning of February 27 stated with a bang for the London Fire Brigade as firefighters assisted police officers at a suspected unexploded World War II device in Shoreditch - the creative quarter on the edge of the Square Mile.

As a precaution a number of properties were evacuated while an assessment of the item was carried out.

It turned out not an explosive device and roads were reopened.


Friday fire

On Friday 24, ten fire engines and 72 firefighters were called to tackle  a blaze at a shop with flats above in London's Westbourne Park - a popular commercial and residential district.

Station Manager Sam Kazmanli said from the scene: "This is a severe fire. Firefighters are working hard to stop the fire spreading further to neighbouring buildings. There is a lot of smoke in the nearby roads."

The cause of the fire is not known at this stage. Occupiers have been evacuated.


Science Museum

Three fire engines and around 15 firefighters were called to reports of smoke issuing from part of the Science Museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington on February 15.

The alarm was caused by a burnt out lift motor which had been extinguished before the Brigade arrived. Around 4,000 people were also evacuated from the building before crews got to the incident.


Hotel evacuation

Only four days before hundreds of guests and staff were evacuated from an hotel near Blackfriars Bridge after fire broke out. Before crews arrived, the 450 guests and 111 staff had left the property. The fire had started in a small section of the ducting from the ground floor kitchen to the roof.

Picture: A burnt out lift motor caused 4,000 people to be evacuated from London's famous Science Museum 

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 27 February 2017


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