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Fire breaks out at National Archives in Kew, London

  • 15 February 2014
  • From the section London

A fire broke out at the National Archives in Kew, home to some of the UK's most important historical documents.

Some 20 firefighters tackled the blaze, which affected two disused water towers at the site in Richmond, south-west London.

London Fire Brigade(LFB), which was called out at about 12:30 GMT, said the blaze was now out.

The National Archives is the official UK government archive and publisher.

Building evacuated

Held there are 11 million historical documents of national importance, some dating back more than 1,000 years.

Among its collection are the Domesday Book, parchment, electronic records, photographs, posters, maps and paintings.

A spokeswoman from the National Archives said everyone was evacuated from the building safely and no documents were damaged.

"The building remains closed to the public in order to recover the building," she added.

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