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Nearly 100 Firefighters Battle 'Massive Blaze' At 5-Star Hotel In London

Nearly 100 Firefighters Battle 'Massive Blaze' At 5-Star Hotel In London

Nearly 100 firefighters are battling a 'massive blaze' at five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel in upmarket Knightsbridge, London, according to the Mirror.

London Fire Brigade said fifteen fire engines and 97 firefighters and officers have been called to the fire at the luxury hotel - just days after it reopened following a refurbishment.

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Thick black smoke was seen billowing across the capital's skyline from the hotel where rooms start from £600-a-night.

The hotel has just finished the most extensive and costly refurbishment in its 115-year history, with rooms only re-opening to the public on May 29.

One witness, Jack, 19, told MailOnline: "I came out of Knightbridge Station when I saw a huge amount of black smoke.

"The fire brigade have corned off the street and the customers from the surrounding shops have been evacuated.

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"There's quite a lot of debris on the street. I can still see a little hue of red from the roof.

"I didn't see anyone seem to be in too much distress - its under control now, I hope."

Credit: jackwmartin_/Twitter
Credit: jackwmartin_/Twitter

A spokesman for the exclusive Hong Kong-based hotel chain told MailOnline: "We are aware of a situation at the hotel and London Fire Brigade are at the scene."

And a fire brigade spokesman added: "The Brigade's 999 control officers have taken more than 35 calls to the fire, which is producing a lot of smoke.

"The Brigade was called at 15.55. Fire crews from Chelsea, Kensington, Hammersmith, Battersea and other surrounding fire stations are at the scene.

"The cause of the fire is not known at this stage."

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

The Mandarin Oriental previously featured in Channel 4 documentary, A Very British Hotel , which saw film makers go behind the scenes at the exclusive spot.

Topics: uk news, News, London fire

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

 

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