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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 January 2008, 08:27 GMT
In pictures: Royal Marsden fire

Fire at Royal Marsden Hospital, London

At its height, more than 100 firefighters battled the fire that ripped through the Royal Marsden Hospital in Fulham Road, central London.

Fire officers at scene of Royal Marsden fire

All patients and staff were evacuated from the building and there were no injuries.

Royal Marsden patient directed by police officer

Many patients were taken to St Paul's Church in Onslow Square where they were being cared for by nursing staff.

Hospital staff move a patient

Other patients were transferred to the Royal Brompton Hospital nearby.

Staff help move a patient

Doctors and nurses worked in the cold, wintry weather to transport patients and medical equipment from the burning building to the Royal Brompton.

Fire at Royal Marsden Hospital, London

About half of the roof was destroyed, according to the London Fire Brigade.

Fire at Royal Marsden Hospital, London

The blaze started at 1320 GMT on Wednesday and carried on into the night, with fire crews damping down by morning.

Billowing smoke at scene of Royal Marsden fire

Professor Ray Powles, former head of haematooncology at the hospital, said the damage to the hospital would be a "huge step back" for cancer treatment.



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