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130 Evacuated From Burning Asylum And Immigration Building In London.

Fire investigators will be going into a building in central London later to find out what caused a blaze there.

A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade (LFB) said 75 firefighters tackled the fire in Field House in Chancery Lane.

He said about 75% of the roof of the building, which houses the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, had been damaged.

About 130 people had to be evacuated from the building, which was being refurbished, after the fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon.

The LFB spokesman said three 2.3 stone (15kg) propane cylinders had been found on the roof of the building but the fire was now "surrounded and under control".

"We have an extensive salvage operation on floors up to the fourth floor," he said.

Parts of two other adjacent buildings also had to be evacuated, the LFB spokesman said.

A Tribunals Service spokeswoman said all hearings due to take place on Thursday had been cancelled and it is likely that all hearings at Field House will be postponed for the remainder of this week.

Chancery Lane is an historic area, with some parts dating back centuries. It derives its name from the historic High Court of Chancery.

The area is predominately occupied by the legal profession and consulting firms.

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Added: Mar-19-2009 Occurred On: Mar-19-2009
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