Firefighters tackle large blaze in central London hotel

07 June, 2018, 11:46 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Thick plumes of black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky on Wednesday afternoon

The fire is believed to have broken out in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel near the Capital's West End. Firefighters were "working extremely hard to bring the fire under control" and likely to be on the scene for several hours, Fire Brigade Station Manager Pam Oparaocha said.

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

Meanwhile, a pal of the British pop star filmed their group dashing down a fire escape in a Snapchat post with the label, "THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING #evacuation".

"Evacuated mid photoshoot", writer Juno Dawson tweeted. Just ten years later, a fire damaged the top three floors of one wing and destroyed a section of the roof.

Black smoke has begun to spread over the city.

The hotel is located between Hyde Park and the Knightsbridge shopping district, which includes Harrods. The fire service said 36 guests also were evacuated.

The Angels singer was filmed fleeing the building by a guest.

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"You had to stand and look at it because you couldn't quite believe what you were seeing...it was like something you'd see on TV, it wasn't like a normal fire".

"We have not treated any patients but we remain at the scene as a precaution", it said.

Knightsbridge is shut down between Sloane Street and Grosvenor Place. Crews wearing breathing apparatus are carrying out a search inside the building.

Smoke can be seen billowing from the five-star hotel, which overlooks Hyde Park and recently underwent a £185m refurbishment, causing alarm amongst bystanders.

A huge amount of firefighters have been sent to battle the blaze close to Hyde Park.

"There were a lot of people let out of the building and the emergency services reacted very, very quickly".

Around 120 firefighters and police officers were called to the scene.

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