Beijing's sensitive Tiananmen Square evacuated after fire

Chinese police on Monday closedthe road which runs through Beijing's sensitive TiananmenSquare, the site of 1989 pro-democracy protests that werebloodily suppressed by the government, and evacuated the areafollowing a fire, a Reuters witness said.

The Communist Party's official People's Daily said on itswebsite that a car had caught fire. It provided no otherdetails.

Beijing police, reached by telephone, said they had noinformation. The Beijing government, also reached by telephone,said it did not know what had happened.

The Reuters witness said he saw fire engines, an ambulanceand numerous police cars heading in the direction of the fire,which sent a plume of black smoke into the sky.