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.
We've now got 20 fire engines and around 120 firefighters and officers tackling a fire on the roof of a hotel in #Knightsbridge https://t.co/Q8RMsTDSTf :copyright: @jackwmartin_ pic.twitter.com/npRctIYOvk- London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) June 6, 2018
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.
"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."
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."
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.