Madrid skyscraper housing British and Australian embassies is evacuated after false bomb alert is raised
- Skyscraper in Madrid has been evacuated after a bomb threat was made today
- The Torre Espacio is Spain’s fourth highest building and houses many embassies
- Embassies of Britain, Australia, Netherlands and Canada all in the 770ft building
- Alert first made by Australian Embassy but the threat was confirmed as false
A skyscraper which is home to the British and Australian embassies in Madrid was reportedly evacuated over a false bomb alert.
Police were understood to be clearing Torre Espacio, Spain’s fourth highest skyscraper and the 24th highest in Europe, floor by floor this afternoon.
The building is also home to the embassies of Canada, Australia and the Netherlands.
Local media reports said the alert had been raised in the Australian Embassy just after midday local time.
No-one from the British Embassy could be reached by phone early this afternoon.
Firefighters standing in front of the ‘Torre Espacio’ towers of a skyscraper housing embassies, after a bomb threat, in Madrid
The alert was first raised by the Australian Embassy when staff called Spanish police over a bomb threat
Private security staff at the Australian Embassy reported the ‘malicious call’ to Spanish police, according to El Confidencial.
The Australian embassy said on Twitter that it would ‘remain closed for the rest of today, Tuesday 16 April, until further notice’.
Dozens of National Police, Municipal Police, firefighters and emergency services cordoned off the area under anti-terror precautions.
A Spanish police spokesman said: ‘A bomb threat was received…. Evacuation has started, we have to work and do checks.
Spanish police confirmed the bomb alert was false after the 24-floor building had been cleared of people
The ‘Torre Espacio’ skyscraper at the ‘Cuatro Torres’ or Four Towers Business Area in Madrid after a bomb threat forced the evacuation of the Madrid skyscraper which housing many embassies
‘The police are working at this moment on evacuating the Torre Espacio skyscraper, which is being cleared for security reasons.’
No injuries have been reported or any damage to the building.
The skyscraper has 57 floors and around 2,000 people work there on a daily basis.
With a height of 770 feet (235 metres), the 57-story Torre Espacio building is one of four skyscrapers that makes up a business park in northern Madrid.
Shortly after the alarm was raised police confirmed the alert was a false alarm, according to Spanish newspaper Publico.
Chief Inspector Jose María Benito reportedly told Telemadrid the alert was not due to a genuine bomb threat.