120 firefighters battle enormous blaze at luxury hotel in London

  • 120 firefighters battle enormous blaze at luxury hotel in London

120 firefighters battle enormous blaze at luxury hotel in London

London Fire Brigade said it was called to the 12-story Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel just before 4 p.m.

Twenty fire engines and 120 firefighters are now at the scene trying to extinguish the blaze, London's Fire Brigade has reported.

Both the ambulance service and the Met Police are also attending the scene, although there are no reports of any injuries, the fire brigade said. One witness said labourers had been working earlier on the roof of the 116-year-old hotel, which recently underwent extensive renovations.

Less than an hour later, 20 fire engines and 120 firefighters were at the scene.

Crews from Chelsea, Kensington, Hammersmith, Battersea and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

Thick black smoke was seen billowing across the capital's skyline from the hotel where rooms start from £600-a-night. Following the multi-million pound refurbishment, all 181 bedrooms and suites are "now more luxurious and comfortable than ever before" and the building's "iconic facade was revitalised".

Roads were closed off near the hotel, an Edwardian-style building that opened its doors in 1902 and was bought by Mandarin Oriental in 1996.

Black smoke has begun to spread over the city.

"We were very calm until we walked past the fire, when you could see the flames and you realised it wasn't someone setting off an alarm in the bathroom but a proper blaze", she said.

A hotel spokesman confirmed that they were aware of the fire, but "as the situation is still unfolding, we have no further details to share at this time, but will provide an update soon".

It's not clear what caused the blaze. It read: "Knightsbridge: now the Sloane Street entrance at the station is closed". The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge held a gala dinner in the grand ballroom before their wedding in 2011.