No injuries from London hotel fire yet reported

07 June, 2018, 04:27 | Author: Carlos George
  • Major fire at London's luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel just weeks after £185m refurbishment completed

A huge fire broke out on the roof of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge, London.

It comes just weeks after the luxury hotel completed an extensive renovation.

Thick black smoke can be seen covering the Knightsbridge area.

20 fire engines have been sent to the Mandarin Oriental hotel in William Street, Knightsbridge, near the capital's West End.

Fire crews state they are no reports of any injuries following the fire.

The British pop singer was one of the hundreds of people forced to evacuate Wednesday when the Mandarin Oriental Hotel caught fire. The hotel has 198 rooms and suites.

Roads between Scotch Corner and Hyde Park Corner have been closed while emergency services deal with the blaze.

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As many as 120 London Fire Brigade firefighters responded to the blaze in Knightsbridge shortly before 4 p.m. local time, the Independent UK reported.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus searched the structure to see if anyone still was inside, the fire brigade said.

Paramedics attended, but London Ambulance Service said it had not treated any patients. "It was the construction site on the roof that seemed to be on fire".

A Reuters reporter said smoke was visible coming from the five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel.

The guest then posted a further video which was captioned: "Just flew down the fire escape", surrounded by multiple people including - 44-year-old Robbie Williams - all running away from the shocking scenes.

It tweeted: "Knightsbridge: now the Sloane Street entrance at the station is closed".

The historic, Edwardian-style building was first opened as the Hyde Park Hotel in 1902 before it was bought by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in 1996. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge held a gala dinner in the grand ballroom before their wedding in 2011.



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