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Last Updated: Wednesday January 02 2008 17:13 GMT

In Pictures: Huge hospital fire

Fire at the Royal Marsden Hospital

A massive fire has ripped through the upper floors of the Royal Marsden Hospital in central London.

Firefighters at the Royal Marsden fire

More than 100 firefighters are at the scene to tackle the flames.

Hospital staff move a patient

All the patients and staff have been moved out of the building to make sure they stay safe.

Fire fighters at the Royal Marsden fire

The blaze started on Wednesday afternoon and is being treated as "very serious" by the London Fire Brigade.

Staff help move a patient

Doctors and nurses helped to take patients and medical equipment to nearby hospitals like the Royal Brompton.

Royal Marsden patient being directed by a police officer

About 100 patients were moved to St Paul's Church, where they were cared for by nursing staff.

Fire at Royal Marsden Hospital, London

Back at the Royal Marsden, the roof has been almost completely destroyed in the fire, which sent smoke billowing across London.

Billowing smoke at scene of Royal Marsden fire

The hospital was the first in the world to be dedicated to cancer treatment and research into the causes of the disease.

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