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200 evacuated as scaffolding falls

Part of a building that is being demolished has collapsed in central London.

Scaffolding on four floors of the building collapsed and around 200 people have been evacuated, London Fire Brigade (LFG) said.

Fightfighters were called to the incident on Serle Street, near Aldwych , at 4.14pm.

The LFG tweeted a dramatic photo showing the scene of the collapsed scaffolding.

The Metropolitan Police said a a 56-year-old man is being treated at the scene of what they said is a " partial building collapse on a building site".

A police spokesman said the Health and Safety Executive has been informed and added that roads have been closed.

The LFB said the building is on the junction of Portugal Street and Serle Street in Aldwych - a busy area in the West End.

The six storey building is under demolition and part of the building's structure, as well as the scaffolding surrounding it, has collapsed, the fire service said.

Around 100 people have been evacuated from the building site and a further 100 people have been evacuated from neighbouring properties as a precaution.

Two fire engines from Soho, three fire rescue units from East Ham, Edmonton and Heston and around 31 firefighters and officers are attending.

The London School of Economics (LSE) Students' Union's Twitter account tweeted a picture of the scene and said it was "just by" the LSE campus.


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