Firefighters initially rushed to tackle a blaze at a flat in Farringdon Lane. But, they later said on “investigation that was not the case”. The London Fire Brigade said it is “now a police led incident”.
Witnesses on social media claim they have been evacuated with reports of armed police on the scene.
Some have suggested a man is “threatening to blow up the building”.
One local said: “The police are trying to get him out but he’s threatening to blow up the building.”
Another person added: “He’s got aerosols or something, he’s got knives, and he’s threatening the armed police officer so they decided to evacuate just to make everyone safe.”
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