London Fire Brigade

Fire crews rescue ‘O’ from Odeon, Leicester Square

07 January 2014

Firefighters came to the rescue of a giant ‘O’ on top of Odeon cinema in Leicester Square this afternoon. The five by four foot sign was left in a precarious position by high winds, and crews were called to make the area safe. Firefighters with specialist rope rescue training abseiled down the tower and safely removed the ‘O’. No one was hurt.

Station Manager Tim Kyte, from Soho fire station, who was at the scene, said:

“Crews managed to bring the ‘O’ safely to ground level after an impressive spot of abseiling. We worked closely with staff at the cinema to bring the incident to a swift and safe conclusion.”

A fire engine from Soho fire station went to the scene with fire rescue units from Clerkenwell and Paddington fire stations.

The Brigade was called at 1022 and the sign was declared safe at 1253.