Steam rises from Palace of Westminster as firefighters race to scene

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Firefighters raced to the Palace of Westminster in London after what was thought to be smoke was spotted rising from the building.

The London Fire Brigade dispatched at least three fire trucks and seven firefighters after a member of the public called the emergency service.

Pictures from the scene show a large firefighter presence on a cordoned off road outside Westminster Palace, which serves as the meeting place for the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

In a tweet, a user said: "Worrying scenes as smoke rises from the Palace of Westminster."

A second said: "No further information on the incident but LFB don’t seem overly concerned. Hopefully nothing to worry about."

In a statement, the London Fire Brigade said: "Thanks for getting in touch. There is no fire at the Palace.

"Normal venting of steam was seen by a member of the public who called the fire brigade.

"Due to the cold weather it seems the steam looks more prominent that usual but it is a routine procedure done regularly."

An image of the Palace with steam coming out of it caused quite a stir on Twitter, with one joking: "Guy fawkes ? He managed it!! Took him a few years but he did it."

A second said: "Own up. Who forgot to get the Turkey out of the oven?"

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