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Firefighters have Great Portland Street blaze under control after clouds of smoke seen by live BBC broadcasters and over thirty five 999 calls

Great Portland Street, central London. Image: Google Satellite.

Great Portland Street, central London. Image: Google Satellite.

Four London Fire Brigade engines have been called to a blaze at Great Portland Street that created so much black smoke it could be seen through the windows of nearby live BBC studios.

The fire broke out in a lift motor room on the roof of a building undergoing refurbishment.

Heavy traffic built up in one of the busiest roads in central London.

The Brigade said they had the fire under control by 1.30 pm.

The fire was visible to Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine who could see it from his studio window.

London Fire Brigade successfully tackle blaze on roof of building in Great Portland Street. Image@LondonFire

London Fire Brigade successfully tackle blaze on roof of building in Great Portland Street. Image@LondonFire

By 12.30 LFB control room had taken thirty five 999 calls.

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