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    British Parliament Evacuated After Fire Alert (Video)

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    MPs have previously warned that the Houses of Parliament are at risk of a major fire as devastating as the one that hit Notre Dame in Paris. While the Palace of Westminster is undergoing some repairs, a major "restoration and renewal" programme isn't expected to start until the mid-2020s.

    British lawmakers had to leave the building after a loud alarm and a PA system message warned them about an alleged threat, Reuters reported, citing a witness.

    At the moment there is no official information about the incident.

    The alarm ended around 20 minutes later, so lawmakers, staff, and the press returned to the Palace of Westminster.


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