Boston’s iconic Prudential building was evacuated after power failure in the building Friday morning.

Television news reports also indicate flooding in the building, which may have caused the power loss. Fire officials told reporters that a water line feeding the building’s air conditioning may have failed.

The Boston Fire Department has declared a two alarm emergency response to assist people and assist those with mobility issues, with the evacuation.

The Prudential Center mall shops and restaurants are still open, according to news reports, but the Boston Globe reported some shops were flooded and others were asked by officials to close.

“The Pru” is a 52-story skyscraper in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood.

WFXT-TV reported 2,000 people were being evacuated. No injuries have been reported, but the air conditioning has failed with the power outage in the building, causing rapidly rising temperatures during heat wave temperatures in Boston, according to witnesses.

The entire building was evacuated by 12:30 p.m., and fire officials said that no elevators were working below floor 36.

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