BBC Breakfast taken off-air after fire alarm leads to studio evacuation

BBC Breakfast taken off-air after fire alarm leads to studio evacuation

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BBC Breakfast had to end a few minutes earlier than planned after a fire alarm sounded at the studios in Salford on Saturday morning.

Rachel Burden and Roger Johnson were midway through conducting an interview with The Apprentice winner Harpreet Kaur when they were interrupted.

‘We’ve been disturbed by an alarm which may mean that we have to slow things down for a moment,’ Rachel said, after an alarm went off.

‘I’m so sorry everyone. For the time being, we’re going to have to leave the studios.

‘So we’ll see if we can come back before the end of the show,’ she explained.

Over the alarm, a voice could be heard saying: ‘Attention, attention, please evacuate the building via the nearest exit. Please do not use the lifts.’

‘I think we are going to have to go, Harpreet, I am so sorry!’ Roger added apologetically.

‘Don’t worry, it’s fine. Don’t apologise!’ she responded.

Roger spoke to viewers, unsure whether they were still able to see what was happening on-screen.

He said: ‘We think we’ve gone off-air. If you’re watching, thank you very much for watching. Goodbye.’

The screen then cut to the BBC Breakfast logo, before a string of adverts for the broadcaster played out for a few minutes.

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