June 5 - London's tallest building, the Shard, is evacuated as firefighters investigate smoke coming from the basement. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) London's tallest building, the Shard, was evacuated on Thursday (June 5) morning after smoke started billowing from the basement of the 87-storey skyscraper, a fire brigade spokesman said. The alarm was raised about 0930 GMT and about 900 people were evacuated from the multi-purpose landmark tower. By 1100 the fire brigade said the smoke appeared to be dissipating. A police spokesman said there were no reports of any injuries or arrests. The Shard, Western Europe's tallest skyscraper at about 310 metres (1,016 feet), was funded by Qatar's royal family and opened in 2012. Its office space is about 50 percent occupied. The distinctive elongated glass-clad pyramid was designed by architect Renzo Piano and has 72 habitable storeys housing six companies, including the world's largest hospital group, Hospital Corporation of America and New York-based investment bank Duff & Phelps. Restaurants Oblix, Aqua Shard and Hutong moved into the tower last summer, and its top floors have become a tourist attraction in the capital, reserved for visitors who pay up to 30 pounds ($50) to get the highest view of London.