Fire breaks out at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London

Geraldine Edwards
June 7, 2018

More than 40 calls about the fire have been made since just before 4pm this afternoon, the brigade added.

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

Contacted by AFP, the Mandarin Oriental press service could not be reached.

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

TV presenter Anna Whiteley a took to Twitter to announce that she had been evacuated from the hotel.

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"Scary stuff in Knightsbridge", wrote Joe Flaherty, who said his office is 50 yards from the hotel.

More than 100 firefighters tackled a blaze at a luxury hotel in central London that produced thick black smoke visible for miles around and required people inside the building to evacuate Wednesday.

Juno Dawson was inside the hotel doing a photoshoot for Attitude magazine when the fire broke out.

"I saw all this black smoke coming from the sky, it was covering everything and the smell was horrendous". 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".

Firefighters were "working extremely hard in exceptionally hot conditions to bring the fire under control", Fire Brigade Station Manager Pam Oparaocha said.

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"It seemed to suddenly get worse as it ignited and we could see flames on the side of the building".

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were searching the building to see if anyone still was inside the area.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known and there were no immediate reports of injuries.

The hotel says it is "aware of a situation".

Transport for London said roads have been closed as emergency services deal with the incident.

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

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