Staff and patients evacuated from busy hospital after ‘smoke seen in corridors’

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Patients and staff have been evacuated from Leeds General Infirmary after a suspected fire.

Emergency services are currently at the hospital and a cordon has been put in place.

It's understood one or more fires have broken out in the hospital's A&E department.

"I heard that the smoke was filling up the corridors from A and E up to ICU and Theatres (one level up)," a former worker told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

It's not yet known if anyone has been injured in the incident, or if the fires were lit intentionally.

Footage posted to Twitter shows a significant police presence with ambulances and fire trucks, and a crowd of people watching.

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More than four fire engines are currently in attendance, according to reports from witnesses on social media.

West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have both been contacted for comment.

Local buses are currently unable to travel down Clarendon Way due to the incident at the hospital.

Leeds General Infirmary, commonly known as LGI, is a large teaching hospital which opened in 1869.

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