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Former U.S. Embassy Building Collapse Kills One in London

A building in London’s upscale Mayfair district that used to belong to the U.S. embassy partly collapsed, killing a man who was working on the site.

At least one other person was injured in the collapse at Grosvenor Square today, the Metropolitan Police said in an e-mailed statement. Police closed off surrounding roads, sent an air ambulance to the scene and told people to avoid the area.

Grosvenor Square, home to some of London’s most expensive real estate, is in Mayfair, an area popular with hedge funds and embassies and known for luxury stores and hotels such as the Marriott and the Connaught.

The U.S. embassy no longer owns nor uses the building that collapsed, known as the Old Navy Annex, and is housed in a building opposite, Lynne Platt, a spokeswoman at the embassy said by telephone. The main building was sold to a unit of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund in 2009, and the embassy is moving to Wandsworth, south of the River Thames.

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