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Fire at UBS building in downtown Zurich put out after six hours

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Fire at UBS building in downtown Zurich put out after six hours
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13:39 CEST+02:00
Updated: Police in Zurich are investigating if nearby construction works may have been behind a fire in a UBS building in the city on Thursday.

Hundreds of people had to be evacuated from the building in Pelikanstrasse after the fire was reported just after 10am on Thursday morning, Zurich rescue services said in a statement.

A total of 25 people received medical attention on the scene, but no one was hospitalised.

The fire was finally extinguished after six hours.

The operation was described as "complex". Firefighters needed to cut holes in the copper sheet roof to get at the burning wooden layer below.

There are construction works going on near the UBS building and cantonal and city police are now investigating if these may have played a part in the fire, rescue services said in their statement.

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